The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools Newsletter
May 29, 2015
Hundred of parents, students and teachers rallied in Milwaukee on Wednesday to protest a school takeover and privatization plan proposed by two state legislators. Speakers called instead for the district to provide wraparound academic, health and social supports for students and their families. They also urged policymakers to avoid following the example of the failed school reform efforts in places like New Orleans and Chicago. Read more about the rally here.
An article this week in the New Pittsburgh Courier spotlights the great organizing work of the Journey for Justice Alliance in fighting against the privatization of public schools in cities across the country. The article features the Alliance's National Director Jitu Brown talking about community schools as an alternative model for school reform that draws on the strengths of local neighborhoods to provide wraparound student supports. Read the full article here.
The newly formed Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance will be leading a week of action across the state in early June. They are calling for less high-stakes, standardized testing and more opportunities for deeper learning. The week's events include social media actions, a hearing at the State House and attending the "Schools Our Communities Deserve" campaign launch with MEJA's local affiliate, the Boston Education Justice Alliance. Click here for details.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka spoke at the Journey
for Justice conference in early May. Picture via J4J.
Earlier this month the Journey for Justice Alliance held its first annual organizing conference in Newark. Over 250 parents, students, educators and community leaders from across the country shared their stories of fighting for community voice in education reform. Check out some great pictures from the conference here!
Members of Youth United for Change testified at a City Council meeting this week to urge city officials to support turning Kensington Urban Education Academy into a community school. Kensington is currently facing a possible merger with another school. Other organizers with the Philadelphia Student Union and the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools also attended the meeting to show their support. Read more here.