Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Saturday APRIL 9TH - PEJAM presents, Chicago Teachers' Union President, Karen Lewis.

Public Education Justice Alliance of Minnesota (PEJAM) announces spring forum:
“Stand Up for Public Education: Testimonials from the Struggle to Save Our Schools.”
Saturday, April 9th
Minneapolis Labor Center
312 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis

The “Stand Up for Public Education” Forum will take place on Saturday, April 9 from 2-4 PM at the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation Building, 312 Central Ave in Northeast Minneapolis. This event is part of PEJAM’s efforts to defend public education and the... unions that empower our teachers and families. Speakers will discuss the current efforts to counter the national and local attacks on our schools, our teachers, and our communities.

The keynote speaker is Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union and a member of CORE- Caucus of Rank & File Educators. In her election acceptance speech in June, Ms Lewis declared, “Today marks the beginning of the end of scapegoating educators for all the social ills that our children, families and schools struggle against every day. Today marks the beginning of a fight for true transparency in our educational policy — how to accurately measure learning and teaching, how to truly improve our schools, and how to evaluate the wisdom behind our spending priorities.”

Additional speakers will address local school concerns such as the struggles to keep North High School alive, the closing of Cityview, school changes in St Paul and reports from Wisconsin teachers, whose collective bargaining rights are under attack by their governor.

PEJAM is a grassroots community organization of teachers, parents, students, and community members dedicated to defending and supporting a fully funded, just, equitable, and democratic system of public education.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Hundreds of Idaho Students Walkout to Protest Education Cuts!

by KTVB & Associated Press
Posted on February 28, 2011 at 8:53 AM
Updated Tuesday, Mar 1 at 11:44 AM

BOISE -- Hundreds of students across the state organized a walk-out in protest of Superintendent Tom Luna's plan to overhaul education.
Word about the protest spread quickly among students thanks to social networking and text messages.
There were protests in Nampa, Meridian, Caldwell, American Falls and Pocatello.
In Boise, nearly 250 students skipped school and came to the capitol to protest the reform bills before the legislature.

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