Friday, May 4, 2012

May 5 - Toward a NYC Peoples Board of Education

“Toward a NYC Peoples Board of Education”
Preliminary Morning Schedule
8:30 – 9 am …… Registration and Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 am ……. Welcome: Setting the Tone for Building a Movement
9:10 – 9:40 am …… Connecting the Dots: A Legacy of NYC Mis-Education
1.     Past: Community Control dissolves into De-centralization
2.     Present: Bloomberg - Mayoral Control / Dictatorship
3.     Future: Peoples Democracy = Peoples Assembly (People Power) —> Peoples Board of Education
9:40 – 10:40 am …… Connecting the Dots: “Same Struggle, Same Fight”: How mayoral control, racist practices, “mis-education for the many”, privatization, school closings, the charter school scam, attacks on workers & unions, and the complete disempowering parents & community members are ALL parts of the same problem. Allies who recognize this, organize themselves, and develop a common agenda can win.
[PANEL w/ Audience Participation] Panelists: Parent, Student, Teacher, Education Worker, Concerned Community Member
10:40 – 12:00 Noon …… Bringing Sanity to the Madness: How the Peoples Assembly (PAPE) & an interim Peoples Board of Education (iPBoE) can shake things up right NOW, while preparing for a sound, longer term foundation…
 [PANEL w/ Audience Participation] Panelists: Parent, Student, Teacher, Education Worker, And Concerned Community Member
1.     PAPE: Initial Principles of Unity
a.     Ending Mayoral Control NOW
b.     Demand Moratorium on School Closings & Turnarounds
c.      Demand Establishment of a “legislated”, people-empowered, human rights-based public education system: Peoples Board of Education (PBoE)
d.     Formation of PAPE & iPBoE NOW
2.     Composition and Structure of PAPE
a.     Composed of Rights holders
b.     General Assembly & several Working Committees
(See: “1:00 -1:45 pm” below)
3.     Establish an interim Peoples Board of Education (iPBoE) NOW
a.     iPBoE is authorized by ‘we the people’ aka: the Peoples Assembly for Public Education (PAPE).
4.     Utilize PAPE & iPBoE to:
a.     Organize a massive, anti racist, democratic, grassroots movement that is based on human rights principles and fights for POWER
11:55 – Noon  …… Set Date for Next General PAPE Meeting
Noon to 1:00 pm …… Lunch on Your Own 

Preliminary Afternoon Schedule
1:00 -1:45 pm  …… Breakout Groups: Peoples Assembly Working Committees Goals
                                       a) May-June 2012 b) Summer 2012 c) Fall 2012
1.     Strategic Planning & Mass Actions
2.     Outreach
3.     Legislative Action & Governance
4.     Media, Public Information
5.     Curriculum & Instruction, Teacher Training & Professional Development
6.     “Rights-holder Caucuses:
a.     Youth Caucus
b.     Parent Caucus
c.      Teacher & Ed Worker Caucus
1:45 – 2:30 pm …… PA Working Groups Report back & Discussion   
2:30 - 3:15 pm …… Breakout Groups: interim Peoples Board of Ed (iPBoE)
1.     Size & Composition of iPBoE
2.     Initial Ideas regarding “electing” or “selecting” the interim Board
3:15 – 4:00 pm …… Report back & Discussion

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