Friday, January 21, 2010, Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, will be in Minnesota to speak at a luncheon of the MN Chamber of Commerce and meet with Governor Dayton. We are asking PEJAM members and supporters to keep this date available for a possible rally in response to Secretary Duncan’s message and policies.
Meeting to plan the protest will be Saturday, 9am, Common Roots Cafe (Lyndale Ave & 26th St.)
The rash of school closures, conversions of public schools to privately managed charter schools, and the destructive culture of “shame and blame” that have seriously damaged our public educational system are the result of No Child Left Behind and Obama/Duncan’s Race to the Top. Now Governor Dayton is asking Secretary Duncan to let Minnesota reapply for the Race to the Top program.
Let Governor Dayton and Secretary Duncan know that we oppose these destructive policies that privatize our public schools and have the greatest negative impact in minority and poor communities. Recent effort to close North High School, the closure of Cityview, and the opening of a charter school in the Cityview building, are all examples of the damage done by Secretary Duncan’s pro-corporation agenda.