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Stop the Corporate Attack on Public Education! Rally & March

protest/rally
Thursday May 31
Time 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Title Stop the Corporate Attack on Public Education!
Portland, Oregon
Location 4pm - Gather at Couch City Park 4:30pm - March to Stand for Children Office!
As part of the statewide Oregon Save Our Schools day of action we will march on anti-union, anti-teacher Stand for Children. Join us!

Our Demands:
FULL FUNDING AND FUNDING EQUITY!
Oregon gives away millions of dollars in corporate subsidies every year while funding for education is continually cut. We demand that the state reverse these budget priorities and fully fund our schools, using a method that creates funding equity across school districts.

END THE CORPORATE EDUCATION AGENDA!!
We want an end to the initiatives embodied in the national Race to the Top (RTTT) program and Governor Kitzhaber's Achievement Compacts that rely on market-based approaches for our schools. We oppose the privatizing influence of charter schools that drain desperately needed funds from public schools. We oppose merit pay and other initiatives that seek to define teaching and learning through curriculum narrowing and culturally biased standardized tests.

STOP THE ATTACK ON TEACHERS AND TEACHER UNIONS!!!
All over the nation, teachers are under attack. Politicians of both parties, in every state, have blamed teachers rather than corporate deform for failing schools and students. Mass firings of teachers in so-called failing schools have taken place in throughout the nation. More than 300,000 educator jobs have been lost since 2008. This is no accident. Breaking the teachers' unions, the largest single sector of unionized workers in the country, is a key part of the ruling elites strategy of austerity. They want workers to pay for the crisis they created and we say "hell no!"

WHY MARCH ON STAND FOR CHILDREN?
They are one of the key players pushing the anti-teacher corporate reform agenda nationwide. For more information on Stand for Children read this article:
 http://www.rethinkingschools.org/archive/26_01/26_01_sanchez.shtml
and watch this video:
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iAjkf99F9c


Couch City Park
NW 19th Ave & Glisan St
Portland, OR
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