Monday, January 17, 2011

FRIDAY: PROTEST Arne Duncan and Pro-Corporate Education Policies

Rally to Demand Duncan/Dayton Listen to Teachers and Parents, not the Chamber of Commerce!

10:30 a.m. Meet at Caribou Coffee next to Brit's Pub 
(1116 Nicollet Ave. Minneapolis)
10:50 a.m. Walk one block over to Hilton
11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Rally in front of Hilton
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 come and let Secretary Duncan and Governor Dayton know that the so-called education reforms like Race to the Top are destroying our public schools. Let them know they need to listen to teachers and parents, and not corporations.

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.

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