Monday, November 29, 2010

Press Conferences Today and Thursday: Wear Red to School on Thursday to Protest Cathie Black

Updated, Nov. 30, 3:00pm

Check out the incredible testimonies given by parents and teachers at the No Waiver for Cathie Black Press Conference on Sunday, Nov 28 on the steps of Tweed. Lots of media coverage but they didn't share with the public most of what was said at the event.       

 Waiver for Cathie Black Press Conference- More of what the media did not want you to see!

Join parents and educators as they challenge Steiner's approval of Cathleen Black as NYC Schools Chancellor:


Who:  Deny Waiver Coalition
What: Parents speak out against and announce challenge to Steiner's waiver decision
Where: Steps of Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St.
When: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 4 PM


Who:  Parents, students and teachers, WEAR RED on Thursday in protest and join us at our rally to demand an chancellor who:

When: Thursday, December 2, 4:00PM

Where:   Tweed, DOE Headquarters
  Trains – 4,5,6,N,R,J to City Hall
       2,3 to Park Place
       A,C,E to Chambers Street

Call: Chris Owens, 718-514-4874
 Noah Gotbaum, 917-658-3213
            Mona Davids, 917-340-8987

As widely reported, yesterday Commissioner Steiner approved a waiver for Cathie Black, a magazine executive, to become our next Chancellor, despite a total lack of educational background or qualifications.

For more on this appointment, see our blog at  For more on the approval, including the fact that the mayor has consistently overstepped the law when it comes to our schools, see today’s Times.  What can we do?

1-      Join the new Deny Waiver Facebook page,!/pages/Deny-Waiver-Coalition/117396824992566 to keep up with the latest news and updates.

2-      Join with parents across the city in the Deny Waiver Coalition on the steps of Tweed this Thursday, December 2, at 4 PM, and wear red to show your outrage.  Post this event on your Facebook page and invite your friends and colleagues.

We’ve had eight long years with our schools run by a non-educator.  Class sizes have risen sharply, our children have lost art, music and science, test prep has replaced learning, and the results? 

Black and Hispanic students have fallen even further behind their peers in other large cities, and we are the only city in the country where non-poor students actually score worse on the national tests than in 2003.

It’s time to start fighting back. Join on Thursday, and spread the word!


Leonie Haimson
Executive Director
Class Size Matters

Rise Up Red, New York!
Thurs, Dec


"Red Thursday" Rally to Protest Cathie Black Appointment

You've signed the online petition, now make your voice heard as we gather to send a message to Mayor Bloomberg and NY State Education Commissioner David Steiner:

"We want a qualified Chancellor! We don't want special deals and exemptions from the law for the Mayor's friends!"

RSVP on Facebook (you don't need an account) ~> Facebook Event Page

Come wearing red, and don't forget to join our Facebook and Twitter causes and share the event with fellow supporters!

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