December 2, 2010
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Chris Owens 718-514-4874
Said Julie Cavanagh, a special education teacher from Brooklyn and member of the Grassroots Education Movement (GEM), "The recent actions regarding the Cathleen Black appointment are a thinly veiled attack on the teaching profession and on our public education system. The forces who seek to corporatize and privatize our public education system must understand that parents and educators reject that vision, and we will no longer remain silent. The overwhelming majority of parents and educators, the actual stakeholders in education, oppose this appointment. It is time for educational policymakers to listen to the people they are charged with serving. We stand united together in our efforts to bring democracy back to education in our great city and we will pursue every option available to us to protect our children and our public schools."
The DENY WAIVER COALITION and our allies:
DECLARE, collectively and individually, that the Steiner waiver is an immoral, unethical and illegal action.
REPRESENT a broad spectrum of New Yorkers who profess diverse opinions on matters pertaining to education policy and practice. However, we are united in the conviction that the largest public education system in this nation deserves to be led by a true educator and that Ms. Black should decline her appointment and waiver.
DEMAND a comprehensive, rigorous and transparent search both within and outside of New York City to find the best possible Chancellor candidates. Such candidates must have proven track records as great educators and strong managers with a deep knowledge of urban public education, view our children as more than test-taking widgets and our public schools as worthy centers of community life in need of investment, and embrace our parents and teachers as vital partners in the successful education of ALL OF OUR CHILDREN.
CALL UPON Mayor Bloomberg to stop using our children as political footballs and to act as a responsible municipal leader should. These are our children and they represent New York City's future.