This Week in Education Organizing - October 13, 2017

#WeChoose Coordinate Powerful Day of Action on October 9

All across the country parents, youth, education advocates, organizers and allies of the #WeChoose campaign stood in solidarity with our indigenous brothers & sisters against Columbus Day and the modern day colonization that still plagues communities of color all around the country! 

In New York City, the Coalition for Educational Justice and other groups held a teach-in and rally to honor Indigenous People’s Day. Over 100 parents, students and community members gathered to learn about indigenous traditions in the Americas, denounce the celebration of Columbus Day, and call on Mayor de Blasio to expand Culturally Responsive Education in NYC schools. The danza group Cetiliztli Nauhcampa performed, and parents and students spoke about the need for anti-bias training for school staff, multicultural curriculum and courses that respect and reflect the backgrounds and experiences of all NYC students. Speakers emphasized that the fact that NYC students are still celebrating murder, rape and genocide through Columbus Day – while many other cities have embraced Indigenous People’s Day - is a disgrace. CEJ will continue to push the Mayor and the NYC Department of Education to lead the nation in #Education4Liberation.

Power U Center for Social Change to Release The Hidden Truth 

The Hidden Truth is a new report by the Power U Center for Social Change in Miami, and the Advancement Project.  The student-developed report grades the Miami-Dade County Public Schools on indicators relating to school climate, and demands additional investment in student supports, rooted in reproductive and restorative justice.  The report will be released on October 18th.  Click here to receive your copy of The Hidden Truth on October 18th.

Welcome to the Fight-Back:  A Webinar.  Wednesday, October 25th.  2:00 eastern

The struggles for racial justice and educational justice have been interlinked from the beginning of our nation’s history. It was under Black leadership during Reconstruction that the South saw the first state-funded public schools. The long, arduous work to win and maintain school integration was a keystone struggle during the Civil Rights movement. And today, the most powerful and energetic movements for education justice — fighting for fair funding, strong neighborhood public schools, and restorative justice — are those that take an intersectional approach to organizing.

The Schott Foundation is hosting and moderating an important discussion on Wednesday, October 25th, on the intersection of racial justice and education justice.  Speakers from three key national networks--the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, the Journey for Justice Alliance, and the Dignity in Schools Campaign—will present on their work and perspective.  Click here to register.

Buffalo School Board Passes Resolution Calling for Charter Moratorium

The elected school board of Buffalo, New York has passed a resolution calling for a moratorium on new charter schools in the city for the next three years.  The resolution is directed at the State University of New York and the state Board of Regents—New York’s two charter authorizing agencies.  While it is non-binding, the school board hopes that their message will be heard by the authorizers. The resolution also proposes that local school boards be permitted to weigh in on new charter applications in their districts, and to recoup public dollars when students transfer back to Buffalo public schools from a charter school in the district.

Buffalo’s charter enrollment is steadily climbing, costing the district’s general fund nearly $124 million each year – about 14% of the district’s money.  Read more about the resolution here.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Welcome to the Fight-Back Webinar:  Wednesday, October 25th.  2:00 eastern.  Join leaders from the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, Journey for Justice and the Dignity in Schools Campaign to address today’s movements for racial justice in public education. See more above.  Click here to register

Backpack Full of Cash Showings:

October 17 in New Orleans – at the Carver Theater, hosted by Step Up Louisiana

October 25th in Chicago -- at the SEIU building at 2229 S. Halsted, hosted by the Grassroots Education Movement

November 8th in Los Angeles – at Occidental College, hosted by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy

November 30th in Rochester, NY – at the Little Theater, hosted by Citizen Action NY

For more information on these free, public events, contact Leigh Dingerson, Ldingerson@gmail.com


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