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Last July 31, thousands of teachers and parents joined together in the hot sun in the nation’s capital for the Save Our Schools March and Rally. I was one of the organizers of last year’s event, but have not been quite so involved this year. Nonetheless, I will be joining with activists a week from now for the Save Our Schools Convention.
I will be there because SOS has once again created a crossroads for our movement, just as it did last summer. So much of our communication these days is online, via blogs, Facebook and Twitter. Last year in DC I met scores of people in person who were familiar to me. But meeting in person allows a connection that is much harder to achieve online. I look forward to renewing those connections, and making new ones.
I hope SOS continues to play this role as a convener for a wide spectrum of teachers, parents, and activists who want to support public education. That has been its strength and is a role no other group is playing these days.
From Bob Schaeffer comes this:
TEN REASONS TO ATTEND THE AUG. 3 - 5 SAVE OUR SCHOOLS CONVENTION
Marriott Wardman Park hotel, Washington, DC
- Hear author Jonathan Kozol’s prescription for saving public schools
- Meet the next generation of student activist leaders
- Learn from Deborah Meier, the first public school teacher to win a MacArthur “genius” award
- Be briefed by civil rights lawyers about the latest initiatives to protect parents and educators
- Talk to school board members spearheading the opposition to failed policies
- Explore with Nancy Carlsson-Page the concerns of early childhood educators
- Find out organizers’ plans for expanding the testing opt-out movement
- Examine the assessment reform agenda for replacing “No Child Left Behind”
- Listen to grassroots leaders debate the Peoples Principles platform
- Discover why education activists from across the U.S. support Save Our Schools
You can find information about registration and discounted hotel accommodations here at the Save Our Schools website.
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