National Day Of Action For Public Education

Today was National Day Of Action, a day called by community, education, faith, labor, and social justice organizations for the declaration of our support of the nation’s public education system – its students, teachers, families – and the communities in which we educate our children. DOA_picnet_3

On the Reclaim The Promise Of Public Education – Our Schools, Our Solutions website that is promoting the National Day Of Action, we read this statement:

“We are parents and caregivers, students and community members.

We are educators and school staff. We have come together around a common commitment to public education. We believe that the only way to give every child the opportunity to pursue a rich and productive life, both individually and as a member of society, is through a system of publicly funded, equitable and democratically controlled public schools.”

The organizations that joined together to call this Day Of Action share a “vision for public education” that is  distinguished “from that of the current corporate agenda. They say that:

“Now, more than ever, access to good public schools is a critical civil and human right. We are committed to working together to reclaim the promise of public education as our nation’s gateway to democracy and racial and economic justice.”

There are seven principles that undergird this Action:

  • Public schools are public institutions
  • Our voices matter
  • Strong public schools create strong communities
  • Assessments should be used to improve instruction
  • Quality teaching must be delivered by committed, respected, and supported educators
  • Schools must be welcoming and respectful places for all
  • Our schools must be fully funded for success and equity

The sponsors of the National Day Of Action have issued A Call To Action to all of us who care about the education, learning, encouragement of creativity, and preparation of our children for the living of lives that contribute positively to the well-being of others and society at large.

“Our schools belong to all of us: the students who learn in them, the parents who support them, the educators and staff who work in them and the communities that they anchor. No longer will we allow ourselves to be divided. We have developed these principles and are committed to working together to achieve the policies and practices that they represent. Corporate-style reforms that disregard our voices, and attempt to impose a system of winners and losers, must end. None of our children deserve to be collateral damage.
 We call on our communities, and commit the power of the organizations that we represent, to pursue these principles in our schools, districts and states. Together, we will work nationally to make this vision of public education a reality.”

Support your local public schools, teachers and staff, students, and their families for a better world, today and tomorrow.

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