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Baltimore City Council Stands Up for Community Schools

The Baltimore City Council and the Mayor reached a deal on a new city budget late last week, after a contentious debate and a loud public hearing attended by hundreds of parents, students and educators.

The Boston Education Justice Alliance is organizing a rally on June 5th in support of the Boston Sanctuary Schools Act. The proposed ordinance was introduced by City Councilman Tito Jackson and would prevent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials from entering Boston’s public schools without a signed warrant and written permission from the superintendent of schools and district attorney.  “Students have a right to live without fear for themselves or their families,” noted BEJA in announcing their upcoming rally.  A spokesperson for ICE dismissed the proposed ordinance as a solution to a non-issue, arguing that the agency does not conduct operations in schools. But that was not the case last month in New York City, where ICE agents entered a school looking for a 4th grader. Dozens of cities around the country, including Chicago, Atlanta, DC, Ashville, NC, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami and others have taken steps to officially bar immigration agents from entering school grounds.

Please join us as we hear from experts who will provide a first look at what’s in the President’s budget proposal, focusing on three key AROS platform issues:  federal funding for sustainable community schools,  privatization, and provisions relating to ending (or expanding) the school-to-prison pipeline.  There will be time for reflections, and questions and answers, as we begin to build our response to the Trump/DeVos agenda.  Please register and join us!   RSVP HERE

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.

Join more than a hundred progressive organizations by adding your name to our open letter to Congress:

We are parents, students, educators and advocates for public schools across the country. We strive each day to ensure that our schools are places where tolerance and democracy are taught along with reading and writing—places where children from all walks of life come together to learn, and where students and educators feel safe and supported.

New York Campaign Demands City Cut Funding for Cops in Schools – Fund Restorative Practices Instead

In fiscal year 2017, New York City paid $357 million to the New York Police Department (NYPD) for its School Safety Division, which assigns 190 police officers and over 4,600 School Safety Agents to the city's public schools. In contrast, the city schools employ only 2,800 full-time guidance counselors, and 1,252 full-time social workers, making New York City one of at least three in the country (others include Miami-Dade and Chicago) that spend more for school security officers than student support staff. Needless to say, Black and Latino students are disproportionately impacted, accounting for 92 percent of all arrests in the NYC schools.

Build Schools, Not Walls!

That is what we are demanding from the President and our elected leaders in Washington. Instead of building a wall that will cost countless millions, Donald Trump should invest that money in schools where all children--no matter their creed, color or citizenship status--deserve a high-quality neighborhood public school where they feel safe, respected and loved. On May  1, we’re mobilizing with other allies—groups representing social justice, immigrant justice, civil rights, women’s rights and much more—to share our vision of a country where we invest in public education, we treasure the role immigrants play in our country and we work collectively to build schools, not walls. We’re asking all of you to join us on May 1st by reaching out to other organizations in your community to organize public action. Please watch for updates and more information coming soon.

Trump Budget Will Redirect Public Money to Private Schools


WASHINGTON—On Thursday, the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools Executive Director Keron Blair released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, released today. The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools is a coalition of parents, youth, community and labor organizations that together represent more than 7 million Americans:

On Tuesday night President Trump declared education to be “the civil rights issue of our time.” Then he called on Congress to pass legislation that would strip vital resources from public schools that millions of black and brown children attend. In the weeks leading up to the speech, he announced a ban on Muslims entering the country. He rescinded federal guidance on the rights of LGBTQ students and on discrimination in school discipline.