Newark Parents Oppose One Newark Plan and First Round of School Match Letters
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, May 23 2014 @ 11:01 AM EDT
Newark Parents Oppose One Newark Plan and First Round of School Match Letters, Call on the Federal Government to Investigate
In Tuesday Press Conference, Parents to Demand Answers on School Closures and Enrollment System, Give Details on New Federal Civil Rights Complaint
This week, students protested the One Newark school reorganization plan by staging a sit-in at the district’s school board meeting. Next week, Newark parents will add their voices to the rising opposition to the discriminatory initiative, which threatens to escalate the city’s longstanding pattern of under-resourcing and shutting down public schools in communities of color.
In a press conference on Tuesday, May 27 at 1:00 p.m., members of the grassroots organization Parents Unified for Local School Education (PULSE) will discuss:
Their recently filed civil rights complaint under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, which details the racially discriminatory harms of Newark’s school closures and charter school expansion, while also calling on the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice to stop the One Newark plan and investigate.
Their displeasure with the first round of match letters that school district officials sent to parents – letters that informed many parents their children will not be attending their schools of “choice.”
Their request for a meeting with David Hespe, Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, to ask specific questions of concern about One Newark.
Newark Promise, the alternative education model endorsed by Mayor-elect Ras Baraka, which would bring back community control and accountability to the school system.
WHAT: Press conference to discuss Newark parents’ opposition to One Newark plan
WHEN: Tuesday, May 27 at 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Bragaw Avenue Elementary School (103 Bragaw Ave, Newark, NJ)
WHO: Parents Unified for Local School Education (PULSE), students, other community advocates