CHARTER SCHOOL OPPONENTS JOIN SUPPORTERS OF PUERTO RICO’S TEACHERS’ UNION TO BRING ANTI-PRIVATIZATION MESSAGE TO BLOOMBERS’ EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
Manhattan, NYC – On Monday afternoon, October 17th , teachers, labor, religous, community activists and Occupy Wall Street supporters will be at Mayor Bloombergs’ NYC Education Department in responseto the call for support by the Teachers’ Union of Puerto Rico (FMPR) against charter schools and Privatization of the public schools system.
The FMPR is protesting the visit to Puerto Rico of U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, to attend an “Education Summit” from October 17-18. This visit by the education tzar of the Obama Administration was convened to increase support for the federal No Child Left Behind policies that have promoted thousands of layoffs, school closings and school privatization with charter schools in Puerto Rico and throughout the United States.
The Teachers’ Union of Puerto Rico (FMPR) has been the target of intense repression by the Puerto Rican government, including police brutality, the illegal elimination of dues deduction by the union and the revocation for life of the leaves of absence from work without pay for teachers.
The Monday demonstration will also denounce the anti-democratic privatization policies at the federal, state and city level that continue to cripple public school education for the children of working famlies and the assault on the rights of teachers and other school employees in New York City.This protest is part of ongoing campaigns and actions by anti-charter privatization groups throughout the U.S. and by NYC based education, community and labor activists.
WHEN: MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2011
WHERE: NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
52 Chambers Street @ Broadway y Centre Street, Manhattan
TIME: 5:00 P.M.