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Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action

By Frank Murphy on Jul 27, 2011 04:57 PM

This Saturday, the Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action will take place in Washington D.C. The rally, which will be staged at the ellipse, starts at noon.  Around 1:30 p.m., participants will march to the White House where the demonstration will continue.

Many readers will recognize that most, if not all, of the issues that we regularly discuss in the comments of the Notebook blog are represented in the march's guiding principles.

In an earlier post on City School Stories, I wrote about the significance of this event and how it relates to the education reform turmoil currently occurring in the School District of Philadelphia. 

Participating in this national demonstration is just one more way for public school parents, teachers, and students to express their dissatisfaction with the course of school reforms, not only in their local communities but throughout the nation as well.

Parents Across America, one of the sponsoring organizations of the march and rally, offers a wealth of relevant information on their website for anyone concerned about the current direction of school reform in our nation. PAA’s position papers are intended to be useful guides for teachers and parents who are committed to promoting policies that will help to strengthen public schools. 

PAA also offers fact sheets including:

Hopefully, a good representation of our Philadelphia school community will be present in D.C. this Saturday. Will you be there?

Let us know how it goes and follow tweets about the march via the #SOSmarch hashtag.

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Comments (26)

Submitted by LaidOffTeacher (not verified) on July 27, 2011 6:17 pm

I'm still wondering why the PFT did not organize buses for this important event. They seem to have disappeared. I know I'll be there! I hope more from Philly represent.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 27, 2011 9:21 pm

The PFT should definitely be at least promoting this... has anyone approached them about helping to get the word out to members?

Submitted by youngphillyteacher (not verified) on July 28, 2011 6:01 am

My friend approached them and was told that they are not organizing any buses because "no one showed interest in going". Pretty pathetic, but not totally surprising. There will be a bus from Trenton.

Submitted by Annonymous (not verified) on July 28, 2011 7:30 am

This is another example of how "out of touch" the PFT is with the rank and file.

Submitted by Martha McNugget (not verified) on July 28, 2011 7:51 am

It's one thing to not charter buses to take folks down to DC for this march, but to not promote it? I can't find it mentioned anywhere on the website.

Submitted by I Teach in Philly (not verified) on July 28, 2011 1:41 pm

"No one showed interest"??? When did the PFT poll their membership? Or did I miss something?

Seems they "forgot" to ask. That certainly simplified the problem of arranging for buses and helping organize.

Thanks, Jerry (not)

Btw I will be in D.C. I've got my 30 spf, water bottle and comfy shoes all set to go, plus an umbrella in case it rains. Hope to see other Philadelphia teachers there.

Submitted by LaidOffTeacher (not verified) on July 28, 2011 9:29 am

They didn't promote it due to lack of interest? The PFT is supposed to be our leader. They should have been advertising it months ago to inform their dues paying members of such an event! This is what grassroots/human rights/interest groups do! They reserve the bus based upon the number of people who sign up. It shouldn't be up to its' members to go to them. What a waste of money and leadership! And if they didn't charter buses, they could have set up a list for carpooling. Pathetic!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 28, 2011 1:46 pm

Maybe they are afraid of the membership getting organized to oppose what going on??

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 29, 2011 12:46 am

I'll be there. Taking MegaBus. I need ideas for signs.

Submitted by Erika Owens (not verified) on July 29, 2011 10:14 am

Oh, great question! I'm going to post on Twitter and see if we can crowdsource any good suggestions.

Submitted by Lisa Hantman (not verified) on July 30, 2011 10:30 pm

I don't blame the PFT leaders totally. The apathy is clear and upsetting. I mentioned the march weeks ago to, at least, 50 people. Not one showed up, today. Some of these were young folks who received layoff notices. Where were they?! (Busy having summer break.) Well, I was there and, at least for now, my job is secure.
The PFT must get involved. However, the teachers are the PFT!
The speakers were amazing, today, but the attendance was abysmal.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 31, 2011 11:30 am

You have a good point... A union is only as strong as it's weakest member.

Submitted by tom-104 on July 30, 2011 11:34 pm

Washington Post article about the SOS rally:

Matt Damon's speech at the SOS rally:

Transcript of Matt Damon's speech:

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