"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Friday, October 24, 2014

Resistance to CorpEd Takeover of Memphis Schools Alive and Energized

I met with a group of parents and teachers in South Memphis last evening to discuss ideas and actions to resist the corporate takeover of Memphis's poorest schools.  The group represented teachers/parents from four of the 12 schools on the ASD hit list for 2015: South Side Middle, Wooddale Middle, Raleigh-Egypt High, and Florida-Kansas Elementary. 

Expressing her determination to turn back the assault on the local schools by the Shelby County School Board and the corporate foundations, Toni Jackson said during the meeting, "we've got to stand up--we are fighting for our lives." 

All affected parents and teachers are urged to join this group of teachers and parents on Monday at South Side Middle School, where KIPP, Inc. and Shelby County school board officials are sure to face tough questions and determined resistance.  Parents and teachers do not want their school turned into a corporate reform school chain gang.

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