I need your help
Or more importantly, Newark Public Schools (NPS) needs your help, people of tumblr.
The superintendent of NPS, Cami Anderson had already begun school closings. These schools, including my elementary school Dr. Martin Luther King Jr; were closed and changed into charter schools. She is also planning on firing all Department Chairs, and limiting our budgets so we will no longer be able to afford extracurricular activities and sports.
PUBLIC EDUCATION (A RIGHT) IS BECOMING A BUSINESS THAT FOCUSES LESS ON EDUCATION AND MORE ON MAKING MONEY.
Her plan is simple: close down all the NPS schools and turn them into money makers.
Schools like Shabazz and Barringer will be closed and sold.
Magnet schools THAT ARE EXCELLING ACADEMICALLY like Science Park, Technology, and University will NO LONGER KEEP THEIR ADMISSIONS TESTS. Current high school students in these schools THAT WORKED THEIR BUT OFF TO PASS THESE TESTS WILL HAVE DONE IT FOR NOTHING. Rather than these tests, The Board of Education (B.O.E) WILL ALLOW STUDENTS TO RANK SCHOOLS, and the B.O.E WILL CHOOSE WHAT SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL GO TO. This means that a student that lives in the WEST WARD MAY BE ALLOWED TO GO TO EAST SIDE HIGH SCHOOL This will not only result in this student taking 3 BUSES TO EAST SIDE, but now that spot in East Side will be TAKEN from someone that REALLY NEEDS IT.
Cami once quoted “IN ORDER TO FIX SOMETHING, YOU HAVE TO DESTROY IT”
Cami tries to cover up all of her actions; she stated that Science Park should be academically diverse, which is why we should allow these schools to come in.
But GRADES WILL DROP, SCHOOLS WILL CLOSE, AND THE CYCLE WILL CONTINUE UNTIL PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE REMOVED FROM THE SYSTEM. AND THIS IS NOT JUST NEWARK; CHICAGO NEW ORLEANS, AND OTHER URBAN AREAS CAN BE NEXT.
WE ARE MORE THAN GRADE POINT AVERAGES AND STUDENT ID NUMBERS. WE HAVE THE POTENTIAL. BUT THEY REFUSE TO HELP US.
MARK ZUKERBERG DONATED 100 MILLION DOLLARS TO NPS. OF THE $200,000 ALREADY SPENT, A LARGE PORTION HAS GONE STRICTLY INTO CHARTER SCHOOLS. THEY ARE NOT ON OUR SIDE.
SO WE NEED YOU.
MY POINT: SIGN THIS PETITION TO SAVE PUBLIC EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS THAT NEED IT. SAY NO TO PRIVATIZATION FOR NOT ONLY PUBLIC SCHOOLS BUT STUDENTS’ EDUCATION. AND PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SPREAD THIS AROUND. I AM A MEMBER OF NSU, THE NEWARK STUDENTS UNION, AND WE ARE FIGHTING FOR OUR EDUCATION. YOU DON’T NEED TO BE IN NEWARK TO SUPPORT EDUCATION. PLEASE HELP US KEEP OUR MONEY, OUR TEACHERS, AND OUR SCHOOLS.
THEY SAY CUT BACK, WE SAY FIGHT BACK
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