Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Chicago Students Boycotting Need Your Solidarity WEDNESDAY, April 24

Dear Students United for Public Education (SUPE) Supporter,

Chicago Students are boycotting their standardized tests & school closings TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24th, 2013. One of our SUPE High School leaders, Israel Munoz, is also helping lead this action with another organization: Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools (CSOSOS)

Action Against Standardized Testing and School Closings
As you all know, this Wednesday is the second day of the PSAE Test. This second standardized test is used to evaluate our school, our teachers, our principle. Aside from this, the test scores are also used to determine how much funding our school gets. 

These tests put a number on our school, and on us. Standardized testing is NOT right! No student is standard!

Instead, on that day, we will have a city-wide action. Students from high schools all across the city will board up buses and head to CPS Headquarters in downtown to have a press conference with the media to speak out against high stakes testing.

After this, we will head on the buses to Benjamin Banneker Elementary School and form a human chain around the school to symbolize student protection of our schools and communities. This is one of the 54 schools that Mayor Wrong Emanuel and Barbara Byrd Bennett want to close down! We will go there to show that the students of Chicago will stand up for younger students that are being held subject to injustice.

We all want better schools! This is EXTREMELY important. Let your voice be heard! Show the world that the youth will fight for what is right! Empower yourselves! This is OUR education, this is OUR fight!

For all the students who are taking the test, I encourage you guys to not take it. You cannot get in trouble as there is a state mandated retake test that you can take on May 8. Of course, all of you should take the retake, but refusing to take the first one sends a clear message that these tests are unfair.

For all other students: Freshmen, Sophomores, and Seniors. Join us! We will have a bus waiting for us at by Kelly Park. This is off of school property, and therefore we cannot get in trouble. We will have lawyers there as well to assure that no students there are subject to injustices.

If you ever wanted to make a change and help our communities, NOW IS THE TIME! I hope to see you all there. Bring signs and bring a friend! SHARE THIS POST!

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has." —Margaret Mead


Please show them your support and share their Facebook Event & Page. These are powerful students, and they will be heard!

In Struggle,

Students United for Public Education

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