The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools Newsletter
May 5th, 2017
MAY 1st! “Build Schools, Not Walls” Echoes Around the Country
Hundreds of rallies and marches around the country on May 1st included calls to “Build Schools, Not Walls.” May Day events supporting immigrant rights drew tens of thousands around the country.
In Los Angeles the famous “Shield Against” theme was revived, with thousands marching in the streets. Teachers in Peoria, IL sported brand new “Build Schools, Not Walls” t-shirts at their rally.
St. Paul Rallies Outside USBank to Demand Investment
Saint Paul Federation of Teachers and Minneapolis Federation of Teachers meet outside USBank in downtown Minneapolis to call on Corporations and Banks like USBank to pay their fair share of taxes to fund more racially equitable schools. AFT Exec VP Mary Cathryn Ricker spoke as well as numerous other educator leaders and community members. After the rally, they converged with a May Day march of around 1,000 met up with the teachers and moved to the Federal Building for a final rally.
Charter School Vulnerabilities to Fraud, Waste and Abuse – Yup! It’s still Happening – An Update by Center for Popular Democracy
Back in 2014, CPD published their first compendium of incidence of charter school fraud, waste and abuse. Each year since then, they have sadly had more to add to the list. This year’s edition includes more examples of what can happen when public schools are opened to the free market. Download the report here.