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Rally to Save Schools in the Jefferson Cluster

Last week, the Portland Public Schools announced its plans to close another school in Jefferson Cluster in North and Northeast Portland.
Jefferson cluster has been systematically undermined by the district by the transfer policy, and constant school-closures, re-configuration, and lack of support. Last year, two schools (Tubman and Humbolt) were closed suddenly, without any discussion or community process. While the district justifies these closures by under-enrollment, it allows half the students who live in the cluster to transfer elsewhere. While most of the families who live in Jefferson Cluster are white, the vast majority of the students in our schools are of color. The district's transfer policy has created a segregated school system, and its plans for "balancing" the cluster will only intensify this problem.

The students and families of Jefferson cluster have been underserved by our school district for decades, and it is time for this to stop.
 https://www.facebook.com/events/571009122928362/

Please come to rally for Jefferson Cluster Schools!
Saturday, January 26, 12:00pm
Jefferson High School
N Killingsworth and Kerby

Bring signs, make noise! Tell your friends!

link I found 25.Jan.2013 12:46

lost n found

For some history on PPS and inequality see:

 http://ppsequity.org/2008/07/01/the-new-look-of-pps-equity/

Brian Jones - Still Separate, Still Unequal 25.Jan.2013 19:11

concerned parent

And here is an excellent talk by educator Brian Jones on his recent visit to Portland, sponsored by Save Our Schools
Brian Jones - Still Separate, Still Unequal
Education activist Brian Jones discusses Real vs. Phony Education Reform and punctures the myth that privatization (charter schools, high-stakes testing, merit pay) will create racial and economic justice for underserved communities. Jones is an elementary school teacher in New York City, union activist and author, most recently of a chapter in the book Education and Capitalism on The Struggle for Black Education.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU4FJEcyHUQ

Video report back from Peter Parks 28.Jan.2013 16:30

Ben Waiting

 http://vimeo.com/58321646 [video 7 min]

"Rally to save Jefferson Cluster Schools"

passing along the video link to indymedia readers

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Rally for Jefferson Cluster Schools!
Saturday, January 26, 12:00pm
Jefferson High School

Last week, the Portland Public Schools announced its plans to close another school in Jefferson Cluster in North and Northeast Portland. Jefferson cluster has been systematically undermined by the district by the transfer policy, and constant school-closures, re-configuration, and lack of support. Last year, two schools (Tubman and Humbolt) were closed suddenly, without any discussion or community process. While the district justifies these closures by under-enrollment, it allows half the students who live in the cluster to transfer elsewhere. While most of the families who live in Jefferson Cluster are white, the vast majority of the students in our schools are of color. The district's transfer policy has created a segregated school system, and its plans for "balancing" the cluster will only intensify this problem.
The students and families of Jefferson cluster have been underserved by our school district for decades, and it is time for this to stop.

Rally organized by
Portland Area Social Equality Educators
seepdx.org/
Next Steps Meeting, February 2 at 3:00pm at Portland Association of Teachers Office, 345 NE 8th AvePortland, OR 97232

Save Union Jobs 01.Feb.2013 13:47

Monique

Jones is an elementary school teacher in New York City, union activist and author, most recently of a chapter in the book Education and Capitalism on The Struggle for Black Education.

That sums it up, jones is a unionized teacher and union activist. This is not about anything except keeping union parasites employed. Of course union activist jones doesn't want non union schools recognized for how much better they educate, he wants to save a union job. Scum