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Journey for Justice Caravan

January 24, 2013
PRESS RELEASE
January 22, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sharon Smith
973 336-8426
ssmith@pulsenj.org 
  17-CITY “JOURNEY FOR JUSTICE” BUS CARAVAN CONVERGES IN WASH. D.C. CALLING ON DEPT. OF EDUCATION TO END DISCRIMINATORY CLOSINGS OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

Newark, Paterson and Jersey City Parents, Students & Advocates Join National Movement In Wake Of Mass School Closings & Turnarounds Discriminating Against Low-Income Communities Of Color Community Address Negative Impact of School Closings

WHAT:

bus caravan of students, parents and advocacy representatives will depart Newark to join 17 major United States cities at a hearing before the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. at 2 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013.

 

Students, parents and advocates will testify on the devastating impact of civil rights violations resulting from the unchecked closings and turnarounds of schools serving predominantly low-income, students of color across the country.

More than 10 cities have filed, or are in the process of filing, Title VI Civil Rights complaints with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, citing the closing of schools and the criteria and methods for administering those actions as discriminatory toward low-income, minority communities. Representatives Newark will testify at the hearing on the impact of school closings including the civil rights violations and the destabilization of their children and their communities resulting from the criteria used for school closings and the current accepted movement to privatize schools.

 

Demands of the Department of Education include a moratorium on school closings until a new process can be implemented nationally, the implementation of a sustainable, community-driven school improvement process as national policy, and a meeting with President Obama so that he may hear directly from his constituents about the devastating impact and civil rights violations.

 

WHO:

 Approximately 50 students, parents and representatives of Parents Unified for Local School Education (PULSE) will “Journey for Justice” to attend the hearing and connect with busloads of youth and parents from 17 major U.S. cities including:Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Cleveland; Detroit; District of Columbia; Euphoria, Miss.; Hartford, Conn.; Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles; New Orleans; New York; Oakland, Calif.; Philadelphia; Wichita, Kan.; and Wilmington, Delaware

WHEN/

WHERE: Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 (Hearing) 

                  Newark bus will gather

                  Sunday,  January 27th, 2013

                  at 3:00 p.m; Bus Departs at 3:30 p.m

                  Parking Lot Behind NTU  

                 1019 Broad St  Newark, NJ 07102 (Beecher Street)

                  Newark, New Jersey                                              

WHY:         

Cities across the country are experiencing the results of neglectful actions by the closing of schools serving predominantly low-income students of color including displacement and destabilization of children, increased violence and threats of physical harm as a result of re-assignment, and destabilization at schools receiving the displaced students.

Despite current research showing that closing these public schools does not improve test scores or graduation rates, closings have continued primarily because current federal Race To The Top policy has incentivized the closing and turnaround of schools by supporting privatization. However, the privatization of schools has resulted in unchecked actions and processes where the primary fallout is on those in low-income, minority communities. The devastating impact of these actions has only been tolerated because of the race and class of the communities affected. For more information please visit http://www.pulsenj.org .

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ADDITIONAL CONTACT INFORMATION:

Laurie R. Glenn

Phone: 773.704.7246

E-mail: lrglenn@thinkincstrategy.com

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Parents Unified for Local School Education
P.O. Box 22645
Newark, New Jersey 07102
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