This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
This Saturday, the Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action will take place in Washington D.C. The rally, which will be staged at the ellipse, starts at noon. Around 1:30 p.m., participants will march to the White House where the demonstration will continue.
Many readers will recognize that most, if not all, of the issues that we regularly discuss in the comments of the Notebook blog are represented in the march’s guiding principles.
Participating in this national demonstration is just one more way for public school parents, teachers, and students to express their dissatisfaction with the course of school reforms, not only in their local communities but throughout the nation as well.
Parents Across America, one of the sponsoring organizations of the march and rally, offers a wealth of relevant information on their website for anyone concerned about the current direction of school reform in our nation. PAA’s position papers are intended to be useful guides for teachers and parents who are committed to promoting policies that will help to strengthen public schools.
PAA also offers fact sheets including:
- Tying Teacher Salaries to Test Scores Doesn’t Work,
- a comparison chart of the relative success of reducing class versus using Race to the Top strategies, and
- a summary of independent polling information showing a drop in support of Obama administration’s education policies.
Hopefully, a good representation of our Philadelphia school community will be present in D.C. this Saturday. Will you be there?
Let us know how it goes and follow tweets about the march via the #SOSmarch hashtag.