Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action is a grassroots movement dedicated to restoring educator, parent, student, and community influence over education policy and practice.
Save Our Schools is a diverse group of people with different perspectives, experiences, and views on education. But we agree that those who know the most about education, our schools, and our communities—the educators, students, families and communities in and around them—should be the ones to have the most influence over education policy and practice. Our goal is to put public school stakeholders back at the center of all education policy conversations, and to refocus national, state, and local efforts on providing the resources and support schools need in order to provide a high-quality education for each and every student.
For the future of our children, we demand:
Equitable funding for all public school communities
- Equitable funding across all public schools and school systems
- Full public funding of family and community support services
- Full funding for 21st century school and neighborhood libraries
- An end to economically and racially re-segregated schools
An end to high stakes testing used for the purpose of student, teacher, and school evaluation
- The use of multiple and varied assessments to evaluate students, teachers, and schools
- An end to pay per test performance for teachers and administrators
- An end to public school closures based upon test performance
Teacher, family and community leadership in forming public education policies
- Educator and civic community leadership in drafting new ESEA legislation
- Federal support for local school programs free of punitive and competitive funding
- An end to political and corporate control of curriculum, instruction and assessment decisions for teachers and administrators
Curriculum developed for and by local school communities
- Support for teacher and student access to a wide-range of instructional programs and technologies
- Well-rounded education that develops every student’s intellectual, creative, and physical potential
- Opportunities for multicultural/multilingual curriculum for all students
- Small class sizes that foster caring, democratic learning communities
In Vermont, we are just beginning to grow. I have recently volunteered as the Information Coordinator for VT and will be working to get the word out. Please visit the SOSMarch website, there is a lot of information and resources for educators, School Board Members, and parents and more. http://www.saveourschoolsmarch.org.
Become a member of the VT Save Our Schools March and National Call To Action, sign up & get involved. There is an option to Subscribe on the SOSMarch Home Page. You can also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Together we can change our children’s educational experience.