Monday, January 17, 2011

Wear Black and Take OUR Schools Back on Friday! Is Your School Taking Part?

See the big picture. Forming alliances with other schools is the long-term solution - by building a movement that grows with time we can force both the DOE and the UFT to move. Otherwise they will pick off one school after another. And there will be so many ATRs they will drum up a public vendetta by not putting them in the classroom on purpose so as to create an overcrowded situation.

Friday, January 21st - Join Public Schools Across the City to Advocate for Real Reforms that Will Transform our Public Schools.

-Please Share With Those Who Care-
To Particpate/Endorse (groups, schools, PTAs, CECs, chapters, individuals): email

Wear Black and Take OUR Schools Back!

Fight Back Friday

Stand Up For Public Education!

         School Based Actions to Fight the Attacks on Public Education                                               
Friday, January 21st Join Public Schools Across the City to Advocate for Real Reforms that Will Transform our Public Schools.

Press Conference @ 4:30 on the Steps of Tweed

Wear Black and Take OUR Schools Back!

Stop the Attacks on Public Education:
·         Stop Closing Schools, Fix Them.
·         Stop Charter School Co-Locations.
·         Stop School-Based Budget Cuts.
·         Stop Increases in Class Sizes.
·         Stop the Overemphasis on Standardized Assessment:  More Teaching, Less Testing.
·         Stop Teacher Data Reports Based on Narrow Tests and Faulty Data.
·         Stop Ignoring the Voices of Parents, Educators, and Students:  More Parent, Educator and Student Empowerment, Not Less.
·         Stop the Dictatorial Governance of Our School System:  Mayoral Control is Out of Control!
·         No Layoffs of Teachers or School Personnel:  Reduce the Bureaucracy and Fire the Middle Managers Instead!

Choose one or more issues that are important to your school community and take action:
·         Wear black and/or black arm bands
·         Hold a rally before or after school
·         Craft a form letter or petition on an issue important to your school
·         Pass out literature and education material before and after school

If you, your school, or your school community plan to participate in Fight Back Friday, let us know @ so that we can include you on our list of participants/endorsers and interactive map as well as provide you with a Fight Back Friday Toolkit!  The Toolkit will include literature and educational material, media information, stickers, and sample materials to assist in your school organizing efforts. Visit our Blog, visit and post to our Facebook page @ fightbackfridays, and post and send in your school’s perspectives, testimonials, videos and pictures of Fight Back Actions. 

****Fight Back Friday will culminate with a press conference on the steps of Tweed @ 4:30.  If your group or a member of your school community (especially if you are a school facing closing or co-location) would like to speak, contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.  Let’s stand up for public education together, and make our voices heard!****

Sponsored by:  Grassroots Education Movement: 


January 21st: Fight Back Friday- Stand Up for Public Education, Wear Black and Take Our Schools Back! (email for more information or to endorse). Press Conference on the steps of Tweed @ 4:30.

Endorsers and Participants

Sponsored by GEM

CEC1-unanimously endorsed
CIF- Center for Immigrant Families
Chris Owens- Democratic District Leader/ 52nd Assembly
NYCORE -New York Collective of Radical Educators
CAPE -Concerned Advocates for Public Education

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