Saturday, May 21, 2011
GEM and ISO Sponsor: WHY ARE TEACHERS BEING SCAPEGOATED? May 25, 7PM
Public Forum - Queens
WHY ARE TEACHERS BEING SCAPEGOATED?
The Bloomberg/Banker Attack on Public Education
Wed., May 25th, 7pm
The Diversity Center of Queens
76-11 37th Ave, 2nd Fl (btwn. 76th and 77th Sts.)
Jackson Heights, Queens - E,V,R,M or 7 to 74th/Roosevelt
Speaker from the Grassroots Education Movement (GEM) and NYC public school teacher
Danny Lucia, Columnist for SocialistWorker.org and PS 69Q parent
& clips from the documentary "The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman"
From Bloomberg to Bill Gates to the Obama White House, we're told that the key to fixing education is getting rid of ineffective teachers. Teacher's pensions and benefits are also being blamed for gaping budget deficits across the country. Behind these attacks is a plan to privatize and corporatize public education through non-union, privately-run charter schools, school closings and a punitive high-stakes testing regime.
But teachers, along with parents and students, are the most reliable allies in the fight for decent public education for all - including public control over education, smaller class sizes and an enriching curriculum. Internationally, teachers find themselves at the forefront of a battle against austerity and an overall attack on working peoples' living standards. Come to a forum to learn how public school teachers and families are fighting back against billionaire-backed education "reform", and how the fight to defend public education plays a leading role in the struggle for a better society.
NO TEACHER LAY-OFFS! NO SCHOOL CLOSINGS!
Sponsored by the Grassroots Education Movement (GEM) -
& the Queens Branch of the International Socialist Organization - firstname.lastname@example.org / (646) 421-2035
(look for us on facebook: western queens socialism)