[act-ma] 7/21: Tell Mayor Menino,Gov. Patrick & the Legislature - NO Charter Schools!; 7/23: Bail Out the People Organizational/Informational Meeting

Bail Out the People Movement - Boston bopmboston at gmail.com
Mon Jul 20 13:40:22 PDT 2009


*in this email:
1) 7/21: Tell Mayor Menino,Gov. Patrick & the Legislature - NO Charter 
Schools!
2) 7/23: Bail Out the People Organizational/Informational Meeting
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*1)**
Tell Mayor Menino,Gov. Patrick & the Legislature
NO Charter Schools!*

    * *Equal, Quality, Public Education is a Right!*
    * *FULL funding for Boston's Public Schools NOW!*
    * *NO to the Privatization of Public Schools!*
    * *Stop the 5-Zone Plan to Further the Re-Segregation of Boston
      Schools!*
    * *Stop Union busting!*
    * *Bail Out the Schools Not the Banks!*


*Tuesday, July 21 - 12:30 pm*
*Mass. State House - Hearing Room 1A*

There will be a hearing on Menino's home rule petition to allow the 
Menino's hand-picked School Committee to declare that a Boston Public 
School in "under performing" and convert it into an "In-District" 
Charter School.  This same School Committee will have the power to bust 
all unions representing teachers and other workers within the Charter 
School.

In addition Gov. Patrick has announced his plans to increase the number 
of Charter Schools within Massachusetts and the federal government is 
threatening to withhold stimulus funds from any states that refuse to 
support the expansion of charters.

/*Charter Schools:*/

    * *accept only the top students* to boost their test scores
    * *take funding away from the already underfunded Boston Public Schools*
    * *do not provide the necessary services for ELL and Special
      Education students* - a higher precentage of ELL & Special
      Education students stay in public schools
    * *create a 2-tier education system* - one for privileged students
      (charters) & one for everyone else (BPS)
    * *have a higher rate of teacher turnover*
    * *are union busters* - there is no union protection for teachers or
      other school employees

As Parents, Community Members, Educators, and Students we need to unite 
and fight back against the proposed increase in Charter Schools. In 
cities throught the country people are standing up and exposing the 
truth behind the charter school corporations. The answer to providing 
the youth of Boston equal quality education is not by handing over the 
schools to private corporations, many of which are out to make a profit. 
It's time to stop spending trillions on war and bank bailouts! We need 
to demand:

    * *equal qualty education for ALL students!*
    * *full funding for programs & staff (no layoffs) *
    * *an end to the use of standardized tests such as MCAS to judge
      whether or not schools and teachers are doing their job!*
    * *stop scapegoating teachers!*
    * *that BPS provide the programs that will prepare the youth of
      Boston for college*

Bail Out the People Movement - 617.522.6626 or bopmboston at gmail.com 
<mailto:bopmboston at gmail.com>
Women's Fightback Network - wfn at iacboston.org <mailto:wfn at iacboston.org>
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*Help Build the Resistance to the G20 Meeting in Pittsburgh*
*Organizers/Informational Meeting*
*Thursday, July 23 - 6:30 pm*

*USW L. 8751 - Boston School Bus Drivers*
25 Colgate Rd., Roslindale

*/Join the discussion with trade unionists, students, youth, & community 
activists and get involved in the struggle to demand:/*

    *  No Rate Hikes for National Grid or the MBTA!
    * Restore ALL Utilities to Everyone Who Has Been Shutoff!
    * Stop Foreclosures and Evictions!
    * No Layoffs and Wage Cuts! -- Fight for JOBS and a Livable Wage for
      Everyone!
    * Equal Quality Education for All Students -- Stop the Racist
      Re-Segregation of Boston Schools!
    * Stop Union Busting and the Privatization of Boston Schools - No
      Charters!

There will also be discussion and planning for a local action to 
coincide with the G20 for those who are unable to make the trip.

*ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE -- BUT WE MUST FIGHT FOR IT!*

Bail Out the People Movement - 617.522.6626 or bopmboston at gmail.com 
<mailto:bopmboston at gmail.com>
Women's Fightback Network -- wfn at iacboston.org <mailto:wfn at iacboston.org>

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