Wednesday, March 25, 2015

"Support Our Teachers": Local School Parents And Students To March Through The Neighborhood Today

For the second time this month, parents and students in our area will be protesting against Governor Cuomo's controversial education reform. A " Support Our Teachers" march, organized by all of our local public schools, will take place today after class.

Below please find the pertinent information:Public School Parents in Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill:

Support Our Teachers!

This Wednesday, March 25th, please join your fellow public school parents in a peaceful march to protest Governor Cuomo’s education budget and teacher evaluation plan.

Immediately after school dismissal, we will stage a march through Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill in a show of support for, and solidarity with, our teachers. Children are encouraged to join this celebration of the teachers and schools we love.
The march route represents the circle of solidarity among the schools of our community. You will start and end at your own school:
PS 58 will walk to PS 32
PS 32 will walk to PS 38
PS38 will walk to PS 261
PS 29 will walk to BNS
BNS will walk to PS 58

Please see attached map and join in as you can!
The entire route should take about an hour, so be sure to bundle up.
A few important things to remember:
At no point should any groups gather or stop at each school.
Please be mindful to obey traffic laws, walk on the sidewalks, and do not obstruct other pedestrians or vehicular traffic.
Feel free to disperse at whatever point you need to. It is not mandatory to walk the entire path.
Bring a sign!

According to the New York Times, the plan includes "making a teacher evaluation system rely more heavily on state tests, raising the number of charter schools in the state and allowing failing schools to be taken over by outside groups." If Cuomo's proposal becomes law, state aid will be increased by $1.1 billion.
The proposals are up for a vote on April 1.

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