A national alliance of parents and youth representing 18 cities traveled by bus to Washington, D.C. on Thursday, September 20, 2012 to send a message to the U.S Department of Education (US DOE) and President Obama that school closings were having a devastating impact and that there are alternatives. Our Demands:
Support for Community Models Of school improvement
A process for School Transformation that engages parents and community on the front end!
A national moratorium on all school closings, turnarounds, phase-outs and co-locations.
A Federal Hearing on the impact of these policies.
Journey 4 Justice 2 " Our Children Are Not Collateral Damage": Federal Hearing and Testimony 1/29/13
Newark, Paterson and Jersey City Parents, Students & Advocates joined a bus caravan departed from Newark with 18 major United States cities at a hearing before the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C on January 29, 2013. Students, parents and advocates testified on the devastating impact of civil rights violations resulting from the unchecked closings and turnarounds of schools serving predominantly low-income, students of color across the country. More than 10 cities have filed, or are in the process of filing, Title VI Civil Rights complaints with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, citing the closing of schools and the criteria and methods for administering those actions as discriminatory toward low-income, minority communities. Representatives Newark testified at the hearing on the impact of school closings including the civil rights violations and the destabilization of their children and their communities resulting from the criteria used for school closings and the current accepted movement to privatize schools.
Journey for Justice NJ Alliance Camden City African American Commission Camden Education Association Citizens for Public Education, Concerned Citizens Coalition, Camden Comeback, League of Black and Latino Voters (LBLV) Parents Unified for Local School Education(PULSENJ Parents and Advocates for Children's Education (PACE) Paterson Education Organization Council (PEOC) and the Save Our Public Schools Coalition of Camden and growing....
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No one wants change more than us! We want sustainable school reform; research-driven, community models for school improvement, not sound-bites.
Top-down school actions such as school closing, turnarounds, phase-outs have only served to further destabilize education in communities that need quality education the most. It is time-tested and failed as education policy.
Parents, teachers, students and communities want the same right to have a say in what happens in our schools as our white counterparts in school districts around the country. The people directly impacted must have a say in the institutions that impact their lives. Schools are community institutions and cannot be foreign institutions in our neighborhoods.
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