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Journey for Justice

January 8, 2013

Between 2009 and 2011, 3700 public schools were closed across the US, a 60% increase over the previous 10 years. Last fall, a multi-city, grassroots campaign of activists traveled to Washington, DC to support complaints from 18 cities, including Newark, filed with the US Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights demanding an investigation into the disparate impact of these policies. On January 29, OCR will hold a hearing on these complaints. Journey for Justice 2 in support of this effort is now underway.

Journey for Justice webinar
Save Our Schools March
Join Jitu Brown, of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, Chicago, Illinois, Zakiyah Ansari, NYC Coalition for Educational Justice, New York, New York, and Karran Harper-Royal, Parents Across America, New Orleans, Louisiana for a Save Our Schools hosted Webinar. The three integral Organizers worked to give birth to a growing alliance of Grassroots Community, Youth and Parent driven organizations that successfully petitioned the Department of Education in November 2012 to convene the upcoming Journey For Justice 2 hearing.

January 29th 2013 Department of Education Civil Rights Division Hearing on Civil Rights
The Topic: The Impact Of Closing (Turnarounds, Phase-Outs, Restarts, Co-Locations) Of Neighborhood, Community Based Schools In 18 Cities Across The United States

Newark Complaint to US Ed Dept. Office of Civil Rights Re School Closings
“We are writing to file a complaint against the Newark Public School District under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Newark Public School District’s actions, as well as the criteria and methods of administering those actions, have the effect of discriminating against African American and Latino students because of their race in violation of Title VI and its implementing regulations.”

How did some African-Americans get on wrong side of ed reform?
Presentation by Karran Harper Royal, New Orleans parent activists

Impact of NCLB waiver on NJ’s poor schools challenged
The Answer Sheet, Washington Post
A letter sent to Education Secretary Arne Duncan from a coalition of organizations, researchers, activists and government officials [questions] the racial and economic impacts of the No Child Left Behind waiver granted to New Jersey.

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