Friday, October 8, 2010

DON'T CLOSE NORTH HIGH! Stop the Privatization of Public Education!

To All Supporters of Public Education,
The Public Education Justice Alliance of MN(PEJAM) has launched a petition drive to demand the Minneapolis Board of Education step back from their plan to close down North High school and replace it with a new privately managed charter school. There are growing indications, including statements from District officials, that a decision to close down North High may be taken in the next couple months, before the newly elected school board takes office in January. 

Petition Language

"The Minneapolis School Board has already closed down more schools in North Minneapolis than any other neighborhood, including five elementary and middle schools since 2007. It now seems clear the Board will replace North High with a privately managed charter school, “Minneapolis College Prep,” which is set to open in North next fall. This will all but eliminate public education in North Minneapolis, but studies show privately managed charters are increasing segregation while failing to improve education in Minnesota.

Therefore we, the undersigned, call on the Minneapolis Board of Education, in partnership with parents, teachers, and students, to develop an aggressive, fully-funded plan to boost enrollment at North High and reverse the decision to open the MCP charter school."

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