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Upcoming Event: National Day of Action to Defend Public Education


Give New York State Parents the Right to Opt Their Children Out of High Stakes Testing

In recent years, New York State has expanded the use of high stakes standardized testing. We are concerned about the ever-increasing over-reliance on results from standardized tests to measure student learning. We are calling on Governor Cuomo, the State Education Department, the New York State Board of Regents, and New York’s legislative leaders to develop and implement a process by which parents/guardians concerned about the impacts of testing on student learning can voluntarily opt their children out of standardized testing. Continue reading


It has been ONE YEAR since the premiere of Davis Guggenheim’s documentary, WAITING FOR SUPERMAN was released in NYC. A slick, emotionally-charged advertisement for charter schools, SUPERMAN was promoted relentlessly by the corporate media… and flopped at the box-office. But did you know that a group of NYC public school teachers and parents produced their … Continue reading

October 4, 2011: Wear GREEN to show your support to all the DC37 workers – Rally at City Hall, 4-6PM

Join DC37 workers at City Hall to protest the layoffs of over 700 school staff from 4pm to 6pm. Stop Bloomberg from Laying Offover 700 School Workers! DC 37 employees play a critical role in our school community as parent coordinators, tech support, and school aides who help our schools run like clockwork. They are … Continue reading

Screening The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman – Sunday, September 18th @7:30PM

Please join us for a screening of the film and discussion afterwards with Brian Jones (Co-narrator and public school educator), Noah Gotbaum (CEC3) and Judith Amaro (CEC6). Flyer is below and attached! Distribute widely and RSVP please! Best, Tory Learn more about public education! The Washington Heights/Inwood Film Class presents: The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting … Continue reading

Save Our Schools! Save Our Communities! Protest and Rally

Join Us This Wednesday and Support DC 37 School Workers! Click Link for Printable PDF flyer. Join us Wednesday, September 7th at 4:00 at 52 Chambers Street to protest the layoffs of more than 700 DC 37 school workers.

SOS March, An Excellent Article, Film Showing and Important Petitions

Support the Save Our Schools march by donating: If you are going to be in DC, meet up with GEM and allies from across the country:  Saturday morning, 10:30 @ Freedom Plaza (14th and PA) at the fountain on the west end of the plaza.  Let’s march and enjoy the day together! Great article … Continue reading

IS 303 – Julia Daniely, PTA President

NYCDOE attempts to shoe-horn a 4th school into an already overcrowded IS 303 in Coney Island. Excerpts from the public hearing.

Film Screening & Discussion, Apr. 11: The Inconvenient Truth Behind ‘Waiting for Superman’

On Monday, April 11th at 6:00 p.m., Community League of the Heights will host a community screening of “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting For Superman,” the brand new NYC documentary challenging the ideology and prescriptions of the 2010 film “Waiting For Superman.” WHEN: Monday, April 11th, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. WHERE: Church On The Hill, 2005 Amsterdam Avenue, 2nd Fl. (between 159th … Continue reading

Next GEM Meeting March 21: From Wisconsin to Puerto Rico to New York

From Wisconsin to Puerto Rico to New York:  Fight Back Against the Attacks on Public Education and our Unions! Sponsored by the Grassroots Education Movement (GEM) MONDAY, MARCH 21, 5PM, CUNY Grad Center 34th St. and 5th Ave. Rm 5414 Teachers and unions as a whole are facing increasing assaults across the U.S. and internationally, … Continue reading

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