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by Journey 4 Justice category: Education
No Puerto Rican Privatization of Education System! The People Say No!
Puerto Rico's Governor Ricardo Rossellό and Education Secretary Julia Keleher have recently announced plans to privatize the island’s public schools. The plan is in the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Maria and a debt crisis that hedge funds and heavyweight investors have used as a pretext to eliminate or public services, public pensions and public civic projects. The Rosselló/Keleher proposal mirrors Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' policies to expand school privatization, and mimics the pillaging and privatization imposed on New Orleans' public school system after the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. Critics have called Rosselló's and Keleher school privatization push "Katrina on steroids" - a sarcastic nod to former CPS boss Paul Vallas' massive school privatization program when he ran New Orleans' school district in the wake of Katrina.
The Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico is moving on a fast track to pass what would be the island’s first charter law, Already, the charter industry has hosted a group of supportive legislators in one or more states to see “shining examples” of charter schools in our cities. The message Puerto Rican policy makers are hearing is that charter schools work, and that they offer the best path forward for Puerto Rican children.
Allies In Puerto Rico – organized community groups, educators, and friendly legislators – have requested letters, describing the reality of charter schools in our cities and states. Public hearings will be held in the Legislative Assembly on February 27, 2018 (Senate), and on March 7, 2018 (House). We want our messages and voices to be heard! These failed policies must not be spread like a cancer to Puerto Rico!
HOW TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT:
4. Sign on to support the #WeChoose Campaign and learn more about the WeChoose Coalition Partners at www.j4jalliance.com/wechoose
More details about why Privatization doesn't work for Puerto Rico!
Journey 4 Justice
There's a desperate attempt to dismantle and corporatize the public education system not just in the United States, but around the world. It's a global issue. The #WeChoose campaign is building local demands for what parents and students across the nation have clearly chosen: an end to school privatization, sustainable, high quality community schools, an end to zero tolerance, education equity, stopping the attack on Black teachers, eliminating appointed school boards, mayoral control and state takeovers and eliminating the over-reliance on standardized tests. The #WeChoose coalition understands that we must build local power to create the political will to resist privatization and do what works for all of America’s children; regardless of race or income.
J4J is an alliance of grassroots community, youth, and parent-led organizations in 23 cities across the country: Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Brooklyn NY, Camden, Chicago, Dayton OH, Detroit, Euphora and Kilmichael MS, Jersey City, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Newark, NJ, New Orleans, New York City, Oakland, Patterson, NJ, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Wichita and has membership in 23 provinces in South Africa. All of our members are base-building organizations who understand that public education is a human right; and are organizing for community-driven alternatives to the privatization of and dismantling of public schools systems.