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The Network for Public Education Action Fund released this statement, just minutes ago:

For Immediate Release: June 22, 2016

Media Contact:
Carol Burris 718-577-3276 carol@npeaction.org

The Network for Public Education Action Calls Upon the Democratic Party to Include a Pro-Public Education Agenda in its Platform Statement.

In response to the Democratic Party’s request for platform input, forty-six national and local grassroots groups join the Network for Public Education Action in its petition that five pro-public education principles be included in the party platform. The allied groups are united in their opposition to the privatization of public schools, which has been enabled by both political parties.

A corresponding statement will also be sent to the Republican Party.

New York, New York– Today, the Network for Public Education Action (NPE Action), a national nonprofit 501(c) (4) education advocacy organization with 22,000 supporters, released Strengthening K-12 Education: A Submission to the Democratic Party for the 2016 Platform.

The seven-page statement supports and expands upon the following five principles that the group, led by Diane Ravitch, wants included in the party platform:

1. Eliminate High Stakes Testing.

2. Support Policies that Close the Opportunity Gap

3. Fully Fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

4. Protect Student Privacy

5. Adopt Federal Spending Policies that Support Public Education and Oppose Public School Privatization

NPE Action co-founder, Anthony Cody, explained why it is so important that the platform include renewed support for public schools during a time when school privatization is growing at an alarming rate. “The next four years will determine the fate of public education in America. This platform offers Democrats the chance to stand with educators, parents and students who want real change — a shift away from high stakes tests and privatization, and towards democratically controlled schools that educate the whole child. Federal spending must go to support true public schools governed by communities, not to charter chains, vouchers and for-profit schools.”

The Network for Public Education Action’s submission has received wide support. Forty-six national and local grassroots groups are co-signers. These groups include The Alliance for Quality Education, Journey for Justice, The Badass Teachers Association, Fairtest, The Parent Coalition for Student Privacy, Defending Early Years, and Parents Across America. A complete list of the forty-six can be found here.

NPEAction director and Florida public school advocate, Colleen Wood, explained the statement’s appeal. “Grassroots groups across the nation that support public education have signed on with Network for Public Education Action to send a clear message to both parties that the era of high-stakes testing and attacks on public schools must come to an end.”

NPE Action’s President and co-founder, Diane Ravitch, is hopeful that the Democratic Party will strongly consider the statement when building the platform and turn away from its recent support for school privatization and high-stakes testing.

“The Network for Public Education hopes the Democratic Party platform will take a strong stand in favor of democratically controlled public schools and against privatization of public education and high-stakes testing. Opposition to private control of public money is aligned with the historic values of the Democratic party.”

In addition to the 46 groups, thousands of public school advocates have signed the statement in support. The entire statement to the Democratic Party can be found here and the statement to the Republican Party can be found here.

The Network for Public Education Action is a non-profit advocacy group whose mission is to preserve, promote, improve and strengthen public schools for both current and future generations of students.
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The Network for Public Education Action Fund has drafted a proposal for consideration by the Democratic Party’s Platform Committee.

We call for the elimination of federal mandates for annual testing; for a declaration of support for public schools; for a ban on for-profit charters; for regulation of charters that receive federal funds to assure that they serve the same children as the public schools; for revision and strengthening of the FERPA privacy laws to protect our children’s data from commercial data mining; for full funding of special education; for support of early childhood education; and for other means of improving the federal role in education.

The proposal is in draft form. We will be making revisions. If you see something you think needs fixing, let us know.

Please read our draft proposal. And if you agree, add your name of our petition to the Democratic party. We plan to make the same appeal to the Republican party.

Both parties, we hope, will support the public schools, which educate nearly 90% of the nation’s children. Public schools are a bedrock of our society, in the past, now, and in the future.

The Network for Public Education has two organizations.

 

One is tax-deductible and non-political. That is the Network for Public Education, which advocates for public schools and teachers and against high-stakes testing and privatization by research and conferences. NPE is recognized by the IRS as a c(3) organization.

 

The other is the Network for Public Education Action Fund, which engages in political action. NPE Action endorses candidates and actively supports political efforts to advance our agenda of free public education for all and better education for all. NPE Action Fund is recognized by the IRS as a c(4), meaning that it is not tax-deductible.

 

Both funds need your support.

 

At our annual conference a few weeks ago, we have announced the creation of memberships for the NPE Action Fund. This will give us the resources to help candidates who fight for better education for all. Please consider becoming a member and supporting our advocacy for children and real education.

 

BE A PART OF THE ACTION!

 

Please register for NPE Action for Our Schools: Diane Ravitch and Robin Hiller on Mar 10, 2016, 8 pm EDT at:

 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4590219526430945283

 

Join education historian, author and blogger extraordinaire Diane Ravitch and Robin Hiller, Executive Director of the Network for Public Education Action for an online Town Hall discussion of the challenges we face in the fight for public education.

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The Network for Public Education is now legally constituted as two organizations.
The Network is a c(3), which means it is a charitable organization. Any donations are tax-deductible. Carol Burris is the executive director. It published the 50-state report judging states by their support for children, teachers, and public schools.

 

C3 Donation link:
http://networkforpubliceducation.org/about-npe/donate/

 

Or:
The Network for Public Education

PO BOX 150266

Kew Gardens, NY 11415-0266

 
The other organization is the NPE Action Fund. It is political. It endorses candidates and lobbies for legislative changes. Donations are not tax-deductible. It is recognized by the IRS as a c(4). Robin Hiller is the executive director.

 
Here is the snail mail address for the c(4):

 
NPE Action

P.O. Box 44200

Tucson, AZ 85733

 
Here is the donation page link:
http://npeaction.org/2016/02/19/donate/

 

 

 

Tomorrow night, the NPE Action Fund is hosting a webinar and fund-raiser.

 

The NPE Action Fund is the political arm of the Network for Public Education. We endorse candidates, we help activists connect to other activists, and we publicize the sources of Big Money that is buying local school board elections.

 

I will participate, along with Robin Hiller, the executive director, and Anthony Cody, co-founder of the Network and celebrated blogger.

 

Here are the instructions:

 

Please register for NPE Action for Our Schools: Diane Ravitch and Robin Hiller on Mar 10, 2016 8 pm EDT at:

 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4590219526430945283

 

Join education historian, author and blogger extraordinaire Diane Ravitch and Robin Hiller, Executive Director of the Network for Public Education Action for an online Town Hall discussion of the challenges we face in the fight for public education.

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.