[mgj-announce] Reminder: Save our Schools protest Monday!
catherinebenedict at earthlink.net
Mon Nov 14 03:46:14 GMT 2005
Call To Action: Stop the Plan to Privatize our Public School System
Our schools are not for sale!
Transparency Now: No backroom meetings between DC Government and
business interests regarding our schools!
Support the grassroots initiatives for the modernization of our existing
WHAT: Build a levee around our public schools
WHEN: Monday November 14. Protest 6:00 to 7:00 pm. (Hearing starts at
WHERE: McKinley Tech High School, 151 T St., NE (Near NY Ave. Metro Stop )
WHY: Because we won't be washed away!
Our public school system has been neglected and under funded for
decades, resulting in deplorable schools that are not safe or healthy
for DC children to attend. Public school advocates have been organizing
to ensure that the city uses its budget surpluses to address the
disgraceful conditions that DC children face everyday. But DC Public
Schools (DCPS) and the Mayor's office have little interest in consulting
the people of DC on this issue. They have been having backroom meetings
with an increasingly aggressive charter school special interests lead by
business leaders that want to privatize our schools.
When first introduced to DC in 1996, charter schools were envisioned as
laboratories of innovation that would ultimately benefit traditional
public schools. Instead, charter schools have become Trojan horses used
by businesses and the far right to dismantle public school systems and
privatize education. This is being done in a climate of unbridled
privatization of all aspects of our social services
DCPS is holding a series of meetings to form a Master Education Plan
(MEP) for the public schools. The MEP will be the framework by which
DCPS will implement change and allocate resources over the next several
years. Don't allow these meetings to become a rubber stamp for
privatization. This is a call for people of conscience to come out to
the meeting on November 14th at McKinley Tech School at 6:00 pm
The charter school movement in New Orleans is trying to take advantage
of the Katrina catastrophe by displacing the public school system
there. Yet even in the post- catastrophic conditions of New Orleans, a
judge temporarily halted this hijacking effort because he felt that the
people of New Orleans were not being consulted and that there was lack
of transparency in this process. Here in DC the same hijacking attempt
is happening uncontested and we call on you to change this state of
affairs. Developers and the business community are looking to
capitalize on the poor conditions of DCPS to take over in the form of
Charter Schools, school closures, and consolidation. Make your voice
heard and tell public officials: We Won't be Washed Away! Our Schools
are Not for Sale!
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