Thursday, March 12, 2015

Today: City-As-School Teachers, Students march from school to Washington Sq. park

From MORE's John Antush:
March and Rally with us against Cuomo.
Speak out in Wash Square Park.
Even one person from a school is significant.
We have a permit for the park until 5pm and a Sound permit.
We can use this rally to build solidarity in our schools. 
Yesterday District 15 teachers had a large turnout at Cuomo's Manhattan office - amazing from one district in Brooklyn.

Today this promises to be a biggie. MORE activists have been playing a big role in organizing these events. I attribute this to the empowerment people get from being part of an activist oriented group like MORE. They don't just talk about it or observe --- and

For Immediate Release
             Contact: Maria Krajewski
          Cell: 917-763-8837
      Social Media: #wearecityas #protectourschools #allkidsneed
MARCH 12, 2015
Press Conference:  
3:40 pm – City-As-School
16 Clarkson St. New York, N.Y. Front Steps
4:00 pm – March to Washington Square Park
4:15 pm – Speak out and rally with schools from across the city
                        at Garibaldi Plaza in Washington Square Park
School community members from City-As-School will speak out against high stakes testing and Cuomo’s disastrous education agenda. City-As is an alternative public high school in the West Village in New York City that promotes hands-on learning experiences through their widely-acclaimed program, where students spend part of the week in internships and part of the week in classes. They complete a portfolio of papers and projects instead of taking tests.
Educators, alumni, and members of the school community will hold a press conference at City-As-School to show solidarity in their fight against Governor Cuomo’s proposed education agenda that extorts funding, undermines teaching, harms students and destroys school communities.
The effort is one of many across the city and the state as part of the Protect Our Schools Day of Action. People from school communities from around Manhattan will converge on Washington Square Park for this rally to fight for their right to be treated, not as statistics, but as human beings.
              “Governor Cuomo’s agenda will do irreparable harm to the teacher student relationship, the development of authentic pedagogy that promotes innovation and critical thinking, and promoting a democratic and transparent process for constructing education policy.”   - Marcus McArthur, a Special Education and Social Studies teacher at City-As
“City-As gave me a unique opportunity to learn in an engaging way. This will be lost if we overemphasize testing.”   Sarah Quinter, an alumni and artist and educator.

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