Local educators to rally in 'Save our Schools' march
Local educators will join thousands from around the country in rallying for public education in the nation's capital on Saturday, at the 'Save our Schools' march. The march, described by organizers as a grass-roots campaign to put the "public' back in public education," is estimated to draw thousands of parents, educators and vocal education advocates.
The event will also feature speakers known for sounding off on the most controversial of education topics, including a representative of the American Federation of Teachers (the parent organization of the Baltimore Teachers Union), as well as as Jonathan Kozol, Diane Ravitch, José Vilson, Deborah Meier and Monty Neill. The march also drew the attention of Hollywood, and will feature Matt Damon.
Local educators shared why they are taking part in the march this weekend.
"I think in general, we agree that the "education reform" movement is being driven by corporate interests, not what is best for kids," said Alan Rebar a member of the Educators for Democratic Schools and ESL Teacher at Sinclair Lane Elementary. "We can also see that the ever-increasing demands of the "reformers" are not backed up by funding.
"We're looking for solutions that really involve teachers, parents and students, including teachers' union members. We don't see the solution in the demonization of teachers' unions, or high stakes testing, for-profit charter schools, or unrealistic laws such as No Child Left Behind and Race To The Top, which are based on these methods. Real reform has to be based on democratic participation in education policy decisions, and sufficient funding."
For more information on the SOS march, visit http://www.saveourschoolsmarch.org/.