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To defend public schools and the interests of students

We are teachers, family members and students devoted to defending public schools. We are organizing for a national People's Education Convention that will draw representatives from diverse communities representing children, parents, teachers, and local schools. 

The principles that guide our actions are as follows:

Guiding Principles For the future of our children, we demand: 1. 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

2. 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

3. 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 4. 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

5. FULL and EQUITABLE FUNDING FOR ALL Early Childhood Education PUBLIC SCHOOL ➢ Recognized the right to an early childhood education that respects developmentally appropriate education ➢ Support early childhood education programs that value and recognize the right to play as an integral component of a healthy early childhood education ➢ End the push to use inappropriate use high stakes assessment in all early childhood programs ➢ Support high quality early childhood programs that respect inquiry, value: art, music, and learning as a discovery process Come join the fight to put the public back in our public schools