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Save Our Schools March to Take Place this Month

3 Jul

At the end of this month, the Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action will be held in Washington, DC. The event will consist of a two-day conference, a march to the US Department of Education, and a leadership congress. The Saving Our School’s March (SOS), is organized in response to the current education reform movement.

The SOS’s Guiding Principles are as follows:

Equitable funding for all public school communities

  • Equitable funding across all public schools and school systems
  • Full public funding of family and community support services
  • Full funding for 21st century school and neighborhood libraries
  • An end to economically and racially re-segregated schools
  • An end to high stakes testing used for the purpose of student, teacher, and school evaluation

The use of multiple and varied assessments to evaluate students, teachers, and schools

  • An end to pay per test performance for teachers and administrators
  • An end to public school closures based upon test performance
  • Teacher, family and community leadership in forming public education policies

Educator and civic community leadership in drafting new ESEA legislation

  • Federal support for local school programs free of punitive and competitive funding
  • An end to political and corporate control of curriculum, instruction and assessment decisions for teachers and administrators
  • Curriculum developed for and by local school communities

Support for teacher and student access to a wide-range of instructional programs and technologies

  • Well-rounded education that develops every student’s intellectual, creative, and physical potential
  • Opportunities for multicultural/multilingual curriculum for all students
  • Small class sizes that foster caring, democratic learning communities