Around 40 IS 218 teachers, paras, counselors and secretaries (most of the staff) participated in a very lively protest outside our school between 7:45 and 8:30 this morning. A lot of passing cars and trucks honked their support. We distributed a leaflet we produced (entitled “Defend Public Education: Stop the Cuts”) to students and parents and which we intend to get out more widely. We were also joined by a few teachers from K 683, the high school opened this year in the 4th floor of our building where almost all the teachers would have been laid off if Klein had sent out the pink slips.
We are considering holding protests every Friday until the end of the year.
It is also worth noting that the New York Teacher sent a photographer who took quite a few pictures and said the protest would be covered.
All the best,
Tom Crean, chapter leader IS 218
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