2011 "Biggest Summer Event": Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action July 28-30th in Washington, DC
Our educational system is weak, and instead of developing a better way to improve it, we're getting picked apart by corporate and individual greed.
- (1888PressRelease) July 27, 2011 - The New Jersey Minority Educational Development (NJ MED) organization will join national leaders from the educational, entertainment, and social activist community to support parents and students against the privatization of public education. Before the July 30th March, a special two-day conference will be held at American University. NJ MED will be one of the 50 workshops to help expose the secret alliance of private corporations and political leaders abuse of public funds towards supporting a campaign to privatize education.
Albert Mitchell II, the Executive Director of NJ MED, said. "This is it. America must wake up and face the fact other nation's openly don't like us, or respect us. They especially don't believe our next generation of children will be able to compete with theirs. And the statistics support their beliefs. Our educational system is weak, and instead of developing a better way to improve it, we're getting picked apart by corporate and individual greed. We need true Americans fighting for what is ours; that is why we've endorsed this initiative."
The Conference will kick off at 9:00 am on Thursday, July 28th, with keynote speaker Jonathan Kozol, followed by 12 morning workshops from 10:30am-12:30pm. Which features workshops hosted by Taylor Mali, Deborah Meier, S.E. Anderson, Dr. Angela Valenzuela, Parents Across America, and Citizens for Effective Schools. The after-noon session starts at 1:45pm to 3:45pm with 13 workshops, which will be hosted by Laurie Murphy, Dr. Mike Klonsky, Curtis Acosta, Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union, the Grassroots Education Movement and FundEducationNow.org. The closing ceremony will be held by Scott Nine of the Institute for Democratic Education in America.
July 29th conference starts with former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, Dr. Diane Ravitch, as the keynote speaker at 9:00 am. The morning session begins at 10:45am-12:45pm; workshops will be hosted by Natalie Schwartz, Beth Meyer, Teri Yamada, Diane Levin, Dr. Sherick Hughes, and Parent Across America. New Jersey Minority Educational Development's workshop "Addressing the Minority Communities' Issues in Public Education'' will be held during the after-noon session at 1:45pm to 3:45pm with other noted hosts such as Michelle Fine, Monty Neill, Marion Brady, Harold Katzoff, and the Schott Foundation. The closing ceremony will include a salute to the original Freedom Riders and hosted by the nation's most outspoken advocate for public schools, Ms. Ceresta Smith.
The Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action movement is also endorsed by Dr. Pedro Noguera, Dr. Cornel West, Dr. Yong Zhao, Richard Dreyfuss, Matt Damon, the American Federation of Teachers, and the National Education Association.
The two-day conference is sold out, but parents, students, teachers, union members, and community stakeholders are all invited to participate in the Rally and March on Saturday, July 30th. For more information, please visit the Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action at http://www.saveourschoolsmarch.org/.