Philadelphia School Partnership, Gates Foundation, Mastery Charter School and other advocates of corporate education reform will gather at the Union League, long time symbol of rule by upper class elites.
On Monday the corporate school reform crowd are holding a closed door assembly of rich people and their foundations to further their aim of unfettered charter school growth, privatization and union busting. Meanwhile our public schools are being systematically starved of resources.
The connections between the condition of our public schools and the growth of corporate influence in public education are becoming clearer to more and more people. And their fighting back. On Monday four things are happening.
Fight For Philly Action at 12:30pm at Grover Cleveland Mastery Charter (19th and Erie Ave) The conference participants will be touring this school at this time and an “unwelcome” is planned. For more information visit the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/1383118675256438/
Support Khepera Charter School Teachers in Their Fight for a Fair Contract
Assemble at 3:30, Bargaining Session at 4:00 Khepera Middle School Campus (144 Carpenter Lane) School staff at Khepera Charter, one of the few unionized charters in the city, have been working for a year without a contract in the face of the administration demanding give backs that will hurt students and teachers alike. The staff, along with some parents, are picketing and during the negotiation session. They have called for community supporters to join them.
Youth Action: Bring The Noise Students are planning to send the corporate reformers a message by staging a loud protest from 4:30 to 6pm at the Union League, targeting the budget cuts, tax breaks for corporations and expanded prison construction. For more details visit their event page at: http://www.facebook.com/events/185020475017297/
Alliance For Philadelphia Public Schools is holding a rally and picket at 5p.m., also at the Union League, to “speak out against corporate control of our public schools and to fight for fully funded public schools!”
PCAPS supports all of these initiatives and urges people to come out in the spirit of building broad, grass roots, resistance to the corporate agenda of austerity and privatization. This agenda is being advanced in the guise of charitable giving and philantropy. Our schools need full and fair funding, not charity by self interested parties. If hedge funds and corporations want to help public education we suggest they pay their taxes like the rest of us.