List of Events for November Week of Action

Below is the list of planned events. For summaries of each event along with pictures and news clips, click here.

Austin, TX

Event Description, Location and Time:
Travis High School is a struggling school that faces possible closure or reconstitution in the next year or two if its rating does not improve.

On November 20th, Education Austin and Austin Voices will host an event called Educator for a Day. During the school day (from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.) parents and community members are invited to assist teachers in their classrooms. Media are invited to follow participants throughout the day. This event will showcase the strengths of Travis High School and allow the community to dispel the conception that Travis is a “bad” school.
The event will also include a press conference focused on the coalition’s work to implement a Sustainable Community Schools model as an alternative answer to struggling schools like Travis rather than charter takeover or reconstruction. Invited speakers for the press conference include: State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, Austin Independent School District Trustee Gina Hinojosa (At-large), Austin Independent School District Trustee Lori Moya, and a city council member.


  • Austin Independent School District (AISD) dissolve it’s Charter Compact and disassociate itself from the entities that are pulling students from the district’s schools.
  • Texas legislature and the Texas Education Agency stop the practice of school reconstitution as it has proven a failed approach in Texas and nationally.
  • AISD invest resources into implementing the Sustainable Community Schools model and support struggling schools long before the crisis of reconstitution is ever considered.                              

Coalition Members:
Education Austin and Austin Voices

Key Contacts:
Ken Zarifis (Education Austin),, 512.627.5591 (cell), 512.472.1124 (office)

Boston, MA

Event Description, Location and Time:
In recognition of Universal Children's Day and in solidarity with the Alliance to Reclaim our Schools, on November 20th the Boston Education Justice Alliance will "adopt" the Dearborn School to show support for its teachers and students and demand sustainable community schools. Every organization and activist in support of the Dearborn will symbolically "walk-in" to Dearborn and show their support during this difficult time as Dearborn workw to turn their school around without a charter operator and address critical infrastruction issues.

The Nov. 20th action will begin at 6:30 a.m. when allies will gather at Dearborn. A former student will open the ceremony introducing the Walk-In and the demand for Sustainable Community Schools. The Headmaster, a parent, a coalition member and local politicians will speak. Allies will then pass out invitations to the school's Nov. 26th Harvest Festival as the students get off the buses. The Festival is an annual tradition for Dearborn staff, students and families, but the school's new site at Burke High School cannot facilitate or support this tradition. The Boston Alliance wants to make the Harvest Festival happen for the Dearborn to lift morale and help the school and community continue this tradition. 

The Dearborn Middle School has fought for 8 years to have a STEM academy and now the state wants to take over Dearborn and give it to an external operator. The Boston Alliance is supporting the Dearborn Middle School in their actions to turn their school around without charter operators and keep it a community school. Additionally, Boston Education Justice Alliance will address critical infrastructure issues including broken toilets, lack of hot water and ensuring that all flooding is cleaned up and the source of the flooding is repaired. Dearborn Middle School recently moved to the top floor of Jerimiah Burke High School and both schools share these infrastructure issues.

Coalition Members:
Alliance for Educational Justice (AEJ), Boston Teachers’ Union (BTU), Boston Parent Union (BPU), Boston-area Youth Organizing Project (BYOP), Citizens for Public Schools (CPS), Coalition for Equal Quality Education (CEQE) [which includes the Black Educators Alliance of Eastern Mass (BEAM), The Bus Drivers Union, Work for Quality, The Fight Back Network], Fair Test, Save our Schools, Teacher Activist Group (TAG) Boston, Jobs with Justice (JWJ), Youth Organizers United for the Now Generation (YOUNG) Coalition [which includes Youth on Board, Boston Youth Organizing Project (BYOP), and El Movimiento], American Federation of Teachers- Massachusetts (AFT-MA), Quality Education for Every Student (QUEST), Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH), Press Pass TV

Key Contact People: 
Jessica Tang, 617.708.4685
Karen Oil, 617-650-0632

Buffalo, NY

Event Description, Location and Time:
On Nov. 19th at 5:30 p.m., parents, students, and community leaders and organizations will pack the Board of Education Meeting (13th Floor, Council Chambers, 65 Niagara Square) to support representatives from four “out of time” schools as they promote their plan to turn their schools into Great Community Schools.


  • Make every school a great community school
  • Let the community make decisions for our schools
  • Adopt the plans that Lafayette, East, MLK, and Bennett have for their future

Coalition Members:
Citizen Action of New York, The Alliance for Quality Education, PUSH Buffalo, and Buffalo PTO

Key Contact People:
Brian Trzeciak, Lead Organizer, Citizen Action of New York, 646.584.9767,

Chicago, IL

Event Description, Location and Time:
On November 20th at 10:30 a.m. at City Hall, at least 100 parents, teachers, students and community members will hold a press conference in front of the Mayor’s office to demand sustainable community schools. They will demand a meeting with the mayor and will be prepared to engage in civil disobedience.

50 sustainable community schools in Chicago

Coalition Members:
The Grassroots Education Movement includes: Action Now, KOCO, CTU, Pilsen Alliance, BPNC, APNC, NA4J, Teachers for Social Justice and Logan Square Neighborhood Association.

Key Contact People:
Jitu Brown, KOCO, (773) 548-7500,
Jackson Potter, CTU, (312) 329.6232,

Cincinnati, OH

Event Description, Location and Time:
On Monday, Nov. 17th at 6:30 p.m. there will be a rally and press conference held prior to the Cincinnati Board of Education Meeting in support of expanding and improving the city’s community  schools. Speakers will include a student, a parent, a teacher, a Board of Education Board member. A group of elementary students from North Avondale Montessori School will present the Board with a banner that they created commemorating the 35th Anniversary of the International Year of the Child. The student artwork illustrates the 10 Principles of the Rights of the Child that govern the Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Child, including the need for full service Community Learning Centers. Lillian Carter, their teacher, will reinforce the connection of community learning centers in her comments to the Board. A member of Cincinnati City Council will present a proclamation from the city that references elements of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Child.   

On Nov. 20th, teachers will wear “Reclaim the Promise” t-shirts on to commemorate the anniversary and the demands of the resolution. Teachers will explain the occasion to students and take pictures.

Download the event flyer here.

Adoption of a resolution commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Year of the Child and demanding 1) a commitment to the expansion and improvement of Community Learning Centers and 2) equitable and high quality education for all students.

Coalition Members:
The Cincinnati Educational Justice Coalition includes: Parents for Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati, Faith Community Alliance, Cincinnati Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, Interfaith Social Justice, Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus, Solidarity School, Women’s City Club, Dominican Sisters of Hope, Cincinnati Federation of Teachers, Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council and Cincinnati Federation of Teachers Retirees Organization.

Key Contact People:
Lillian Carter, 3rd Vice President of Community Engagement, North Avondale Montessori,, 513-363-3936
Michelle Dillingham, Cincinnati Educational Justice Coalition,, 513-421-7803 x 14
Julie Sellars, President Cincinnati Federation of Teachers,, 513.961.2272

Dallas, TX

Event Description, Location and Time:
On November 17th at 6:00 p.m. at the Dallas ISD Administrative Office (3600 Ross Ave.), Our Community Our Schools (OCOS) will give a presentation to the Dallas Home Rule Charter Commission regarding their Community Education Report. OCOS will give the same presentation before the Dallas ISD school board on Nov. 20th, also the Dallas ISD Administrative Office. On both days, they will distribute a copy of a new report, “A Community-Based Vision for the Dallas Independent School District.”


  • No Home Rule Charter for Dallas Public Schools
  • Supports that move beyond the classroom
  • Implementation of a community schools model
  • Rich, culturally relevant curriculum and programs
  • Successful learning and teaching environments
  • Early childhood education
  • Healthy, inclusive school climate

Coalition Members:
Our Community, Our Schools, Alliance AFT, Coalition for an Accountable System of Education, Dallas AFL-CIO Central Labor Council, LULAC District III, NEA Dallas, Texas State Teachers Association, North Texas Jobs with Justice, Dallas Friends of Public Education, Texas Organizing Project, Foundation for Community Empowerment, Tejano Democrats, Stop the Takeover, Texas AFT, Mexican American Democrats, Oak Cliff Coalition of the Arts, Association of Hispanic School Administrators, Zen Holmes Community Outreach Center, Texas Alliance for Retired Americans and Service Employees International Union.

Key Contact People:
Rena Honea, Alliance AFT, 214.796.2250,
Ed Turner, 469 426-4918

Detroit, MI

Event Description, Location and Time:
On November 20th, allied organizations and individuals will begin at the home of one child [TBD] on the Northwest side of Detroit in the Brightmoor neighborhood and will then accompany the student on their route to school. Once arriving at the school, travelers will meet up with others at a press conference starting at 8:30 a.m. targeting the current inequitable transportation of students to schools away from their communities. As a result, the connection to the lack of a central governance body and benefits of sustainable community schools will be highlighted.


  • Equitable Transportation
  • Sustainable Community Schools; 5th Option
  • Central Governance Body

Coalition Members:
The Michigan Education Justice Coalition includes: MOSES, AFT, DFT, NAACP, Black Family Development and 482Forward

Key Contact People:
Rev. Larry Simmons, Brightmoor Alliance, Pastors Alliance, 482Forward, 313-766-6041
Andy Greenia, MOSES, 313-962-5290 ext. 16,
Terrence Martin, DFT, 313-875-6786,
Molly Sweeney, 482Forward

Houston, TX

Event Description, Location and Time:
On November 20th at multiple locations across the city, school staff and community members with stand in front of their schools holding signs with the coalition's demands. 

Stop excessive testing, end school closures and fully fund schools

Coalition Members:
The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools – Houston, HFT Local 2415, HESP Local 6315, SEIU, Texas Organizing Project, Community Voices for Public Education, and Working America

Key Contact People:
Zeph Capo, 713 670-4348
Eleanor Chavez, 505 401-4732

Los Angeles, CA

Event Description, Location and Time: On November 20th, there will be 5 rallies across the city, each starting 4:00 p.m. Turnout at each location is expected to be around 1,000 teachers, students and community members. Speakers at each event will include a teacher, a student, a parent and a community representative. Download the event flyer here.

James Monroe High School (9229 Haskell Ave., North Hills) This will be the largest rally and where press should focus their attention.

Mariachi Plaza (Gold line station at First St and Boyle Ave, Boyle Heights)
Narbonne High Schools (24300 Western Ave, Harbor City)
Hamilton High School (2955 S Robertson Blvd.).
Bethune Middle Schools (155 W 69th St., Los Angeles)

As part of UTLA’s contract campaign, the Nov. 20th demands are focused on the uniting theme of The Schools Los Angeles Students Deserve. They include:

  • smaller class sizes
  • an end to high-stakes testing
  • restoring adult and early childhood education opportunities
  • accountability for all public schools
  • access to music, art and ethnic studies classes
  • full staffing, including more guidance counselors and nurses
  • restorative justice practices with concrete supports
  • a fair evaluation system
  • and clean and safe schools

Coalition Members:
UTLA, ACCE, Labor Community Strategy Center, students and unaffiliated parents.

Key Contact People:
Sharon Delugach,, 323-513-4588

Miami, FL

Event Description, Location and Time:
On November 19th at 4:30 p.m. at the Miami-Dade School Board Administration Building (1450 NE 2nd Ave), coalition members will give a presentation for the Miami-Dade school board and superintendent thanking them for taking a stand against over-testing and for eliminating some interim exams. They will ask the board and superintendent to stand with the coalition in the effort to end the statewide testing fixation and support the development of an alternative assessment method. Download the event flyer here.


  • End high-stakes testing.
    • Testing will only be used to assess learning gaps and opportunities for instructional improvement.
    • Schools will no longer receive ratings or grades that marginalize communities. Schools will undergo comprehensive reviews to determine what additional resources and support each school needs to equitably address its student population and surrounding community.
    • Educators will no longer be evaluated based on test scores.
  • End over-testing.
    • Eliminate all district-mandated interim exams.
    • Remove end of course (EOC) exams.
    • Eliminate annual mandated grade-level testing.

Coalition Members:
Dade Coalition for Education and Economic Justice: ICARE, Power U, NAACP, United Teachers of Dade, PTA, LCLAA, Joint Alumni Coalition, Calle Ocho Chamber of Commerce, Sant La Haitian Cultural Center and One Miami.

Key Contact People:
Hashim Benford,
Karyn Cunningham,
Sabrina Bracero,
DC Clark,

Milwaukee, WI

Event Description, Time and Location:
On November 18th at 5 p.m. at Bethesda Baptist Church, The Amani Neighborhood Association will hold its regular monthly meeting, joined by other groups. Guest speaker Jitu Brown, a Chicago community organizer and leader of the Journey for Justice Alliance, will speak about community schools and the fight for public education. At 6pm, dinner will be served and the group will open up the discussion on public education and how the development of community schools can benefit children, families and neighborhoods.

Support the development of Community Schools in Milwaukee’s low-income neighborhoods

Coalition Members:
The Schools and Communities United includes: MTEA, Wisconsin Jobs Now, Amani Neighborhood Association, I love my public schools – Parent Association, Arts-at-Large, Auer Avenue School, Dominican Center for Women and ACLU

Key Contact People:
Karen Royster – WJN, 414.530.9084,
Bob Peterson – MTEA, 414- 534 -8646,

New Mexico – Albuquerque, Farmington, Las Cruces and Santa Fe

Event Description, Location and Time:
On November 20th, Coalition members will be surveying parents and staff at schools in four cities about their needs and requests for Community Schools. The surveys will take place at:

Our Montessori School (Early Ed Center): 1111 Eubank Blvd, NE, ABQ

Las Cruces:
Fairacres Elementary: 4501 W. Picacho Ave, Las Cruces, NM
Jornada Elementary: 3400 Elks Drive, Las Cruces, NM
Conlee Elementary: 1701 Boston Dr., Las Cruces, NM

Ojo Amarillo (K-12 School): this school is on a reservation and on a dirt road in Fruitland, NM in Farmington area.

Santa Fe:
Aspen Elementary: 450 La Madera, Santa Fe, NM
Wood Gormely Elementary: 141 E. Booth Street, Santa Fe, NM

New Mexico students deserve sustainable community schools.

Coalition Members:
The NM Keep the Promise Coalition includes: AFT-NM, ABC Community School Partnership, NEA-NM, Ole, Progressnow, Working America and NMPBS

Key Contact People:
Betty Patterson: NEA-NM (Elementary Schools), 575-571-8882
Patrick Nolan: AFT-NM (Early Ed Center), 575-520-8817
Jose Munoz: ABC Community Schools Partnership (Community School Celebration Event),  505-710-2866

New York City, NY

Event Description, Location and Time:
On Nov. 20th, the Community Health Academy of the Heights (504 West 158th St.) will host a Community Learning School Tour to highlight the success of the city’s growing number of community schools. Mayor Bill de Blasio recently committed $15 million in funding towards transforming 94 struggling schools into full-service community schools over the next 3 years. Throughout the process, the city will continue to partner with parents, students, teachers and community members to ensure the schools are responsive to local needs.

Given this unprecedented commitment, the Community Learning School Tour will include panels discussing the elements and partnerships needed for successful community schools. The event will take place from 10am to 2pm, and will show participants exactly what a community school looks like. The event will be followed in December by a release of a policy blueprint to implement the community schools model citywide.

Participating Organizations:
United Federation of Teachers (UFT), Community Learning Schools (CLS) and Coalition for Educational Justice (CEJ)

Key Contact People:
Karen Alford (UFT),, 212-777-7500
Natasha Capers (CEJ), 347-610-2754

New York State

Event Description, Location and Time:
On Nov. 20th, NYSUT Regional Staff Directors will coordinate regional events with Alliance for Quality Education organizers. For locations and times of each regional event, please reach out to the contacts listed below.


  • $2.2 billion in new funding to adequately and fairly fund our schools with a focus on getting the highest need districts what they need to improve their academic program.
  • $150 million in pre-k funding for districts who could not afford to apply for grant funding this year.
  • Fewer tests, and more supports for teachers
  • Wrap-around services for social and emotional support for students and communities
  • Positive Discipline Policies and an end to zero-tolerance policy
  • Quality, affordable education from early childhood through college, including undocumented students
  • A living wage that lifts people (and whole communities) out of poverty

Coalition Members:

Key Contact People:
Chad Radock (AQE) 518.432.5315p  x101
Marina Marcou-O;Malley (AQE) 518.432.5315p  x103
Sonia Basko (NYSUT), 518-213-6000

Newark, NJ

Event Description and Location:
On Nov. 19th, students at Barringer High School will walk out of school in protest of the chaos and awful learning conditions at their high school under the One Newark Plan. They will be joined by parents and community leaders to march to the State Senator’s office.


  • Halt the One Newark Plan
  • Make Barringer High School a sustainable community school 

Coalition Members:
New Jersey Communities United, People Unified for Local School Education and the Newark Teachers Union

Key Contact People:
Roberto Cabanas, New Jersey Communities United,, 973-623-1828 ext. 259

Philadelphia, PA

Event Description, Location and Time:
On Nov 20th at 4 p.m., there will be a town hall with parents, teachers and students in support of sustainable community schools. The event will include a screening of a video from the Media Mobilizing Project at Arch Street United Methodist Church (55 N Broad St.) showing the work done last year at Steel Elementary and Munoz Marin Elementary to stop both schools from becoming Renaissance Charter Schools. The work highlights how parents, students, community and labor partners can come together to fight back the privatization of education.

The screening will be followed by a student-moderated panel discussion focused on creating sustainable community schools as the better alternative to privatization, school closures, and charterization. City Council members and elected officials from Harrisburg have been invited to attend.

After the panel discussion, participants will attend the School Reform Commission’s meeting where speakers will address why the district needs to invest in sustainable community schools.

Download the event flyer here.

All new money from the federal School Improve Grant program (SIG) be used solely for the purpose of creating sustainable community schools.

Coalition Members:
PCAPS (Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools) includes: Action United, AFT Pennsylvania, AFL-CIO Central Labor Council, Fight for Philly, Boat People SOS, Jewish Labor Committee, Jobs With Justice, Juntos, Media Mobilizing Project, Neighborhood Networks, Occupy Philadelphia Labor Work Group, Pennsylvania Working Families Organization, Philadelphians Allied for Responsible Economy (PHARE),  Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT Local 3), Philadelphia Home and School Council, Philadelphia Student Union, SEIU 32BJ Local 1201, UNITE HERE Local 634, Working America and Youth United for Change (YUC)

Key Contact People:
Evette Jones,, 215-587-6794
Ron Whitehorne

Pittsburgh, PA

Event Description, Time and Location:
On Nov. 20th at 11 a.m. at the PPS School Board, parents, school board leaders, community, and teacher union leaders will hold a press conference to announce the formation of the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools - PA and GPS' local and state campaign strategies for sustainable community schools. 

1) Call on the School District to advance sustainable community schools strategies to turn PPS schools into community schools

2) Call on Governor Tom Wolf to make Sustainable Community Schools one of his top education priorities in the first 100 days

Coalition Members:
Great Public Schools – Pittsburgh includes: One Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, Action United, Yinzercation, SEIU 32BJ and SEIU Healthcare PA

Key Contact People:
Pam Harbin,
Erin Kramer,