From student walk-outs to parent boycotts to mock town halls with a Gov. Chris Christie impersonator, Newark's school year is off to a strong start – at least as far as parent and student organizing goes.
In reality, the One Newark school "reform" plan is wreaking havoc on the city's school system. Championed by Gov. Chris Christie and his appointed Newark Superintendent, Cami Anderson, the One Newark plan is closing many of the city's public schools or handing them over to private operators. Hundreds of parents are still waiting to hear where their students will attend school this year – and classes start this Thursday! The U.S. Department of Education even has an ongoing civil rights investigation following Title VI complaints filed in May.
Newark parents, students and teachers are fighting back, and they need your help!
Over the next several weeks they will lead a series of protests that you can support either in person or online. Event details are below. Follow hashtags #npsboycott4freedom and #NPUChristieXperience for the latest updates.
Show your support on social media for the parents and students on the ground! Like or follow the Newark Student Union (Facebook and Twitter), Newark Parent Union (Facebook and Twitter), Parents Unified for Local School Education (Facebook and Twitter) and Journey for Justice (Facebook and Twitter).
The Newark Public Schools Boycott 4 Freedom
Full details here. Contact the Parents Unified for Local School Education at 973-544-8359 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Newark Students Union Shutdown
September 9 and 10
7:30 AM at Central High School, Arts High School and Science Park High School
Full details here. Contact Jose Leonardo for more information by emailing email@example.com or calling 973-388-5892.
The Mock Chris Christie Newark Town Hall
7:30PM at Club Spain (180 New York Ave)
Full details here. For more information contact the Newark Parents Union at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-324-7921.