In recent years, we have heard all sorts of surprising people claim that they are engaged in “the civil rights issue of our day.” On behalf of their vision, they promote privatization of public schools, closing public schools, destabilizing communities, busting teachers’ unions, laying off teachers, high-stakes testing, for-profit charters, vouchers, replacing teachers with computers, and eliminating democratic control of education.
Now the REAL civil rights movement is standing up and their agenda has nothing in common with the one just described.
Watch out, the civil rights movement is on the move. They don’t have money. They have something far more powerful: the consent of the governed.
Journey for Justice
“A National Grassroots Education Movement”
Mattison Avenue Elementary School
Baltimore Algebra Project
Boston Youth Organizing Project
Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization
Common Good Ohio
Keep the Vote/NO Takeover
Fannie Lou Hamer Center
Kansas City, MO
Los Angeles, CA
Crenshaw High School
Labor Community Strategy Center
Parents Unified for Local School Education (PULSE)
New Orleans, LA
Friends and Family of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children
Parents Across America
New York, NY
Alliance for Quality Education
Make the Road NY
NYC Coalition for Educational Justice
Urban Youth Collaborative
Santa Fe Elementary
Philadelphia Student Union
Youth United for Change
Alliance for Education Justice
Leadership Center for the Common Good
Technical support provided by:
The Annenberg Institute for School Reform
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Laurie R. Glenn
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2013
PHILADELPHIA CITY COUNCIL SUPPORTS 1-YEAR MORATORIUM ON SCHOOL CLOSINGS PRIOR TO HEARING WITH DUNCAN & DEPT. OF ED TO CALL FOR END TO DISCRIMINATORY SCHOOL ACTIONS
Philadelphia Leads Nation With Approval of Moratorium On School Closings & Debates Heat Up In Detroit,
New York and Across the Country In Anticipation of Hearing
WHAT: In the wake of publicity about the upcoming community hearing before Arne Duncan (in attendance for early portion of hearing)and the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013, voices across the country are taking notice of the growing national movement and accelerating debates and actions to address the devastating impact and civil rights violations resulting from the unchecked closings and turnarounds of schools serving predominantly low-income students of color.
On Thursday, January 24th, 2013, the Philadelphia City Council voted 14-2 in favor of a nonbinding resolution put forward by the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS), calling for a one-year moratorium on school closings. Debate also heated up in New York City as representatives took the issue to the state capitol and an announcement was made this week that the Dept. of Education Office of Civil Rights has launched a probe into the Title VI Civil Rights complaint in Detroit.
Cities who have filed Title VI Civil Rights complaints with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights citing the closing of schools and the criteria and methods for administering those actions as discriminatory toward low-income, minority communities include: Chicago, New York, Detroit, Newark, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Ambler, Pa. Additional cities preparing to file complaints include: Oakland, Calif.; Los Angeles; New Orleans and Boston.
Students, parents and advocacy representatives from 18 major United States cities impacted by neglectful school actions will testify at the hearing and demand the Department of Education place a moratorium on school closings until a new process can be implemented nationally, implement a sustainable, community-driven school improvement process as national policy, and provide a meeting with President Obama so that he may hear directly from his constituents about the devastating impact and civil rights violations.
WHO: Approximately 500 students, parents and community representatives representing 18 cities across the country will attend the hearing including: Ambler, Pa.; Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Cleveland; Detroit; District of Columbia; Eupora, Miss.; Hartford, Conn.; Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles; Newark; New Orleans; New York; Oakland, Calif.; Philadelphia; and Wichita, Kan.
WHERE: Community Hearing & Rally
Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
2:00 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. EST
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20202
Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
5:00 p.m. EST
Martin Luther King Memorial
1964 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20024
WHY: As the national hearing approaches,cities across the country are stepping up actions to address the negative impact of school closings on low-income students of color.