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GEM High-Stakes Testing Committee Meeting – Monday, September 26, 5-7PM

The next GEM high-stakes testing committee meeting is this Monday, September 26th at 5pm at the CUNY Graduate Center, room 5414. Please bring ID. We will be planning a launch of the Change the Stakes campaign in October, but we need to plan that together! We hope you will join us. You may know that … Continue reading

Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture Presents: Leonie Haimson and GEM Film

 Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture presents, free & open to the public, Sunday, September 25, @ 11am “City Parents Fight Back: Charters, ‘Race to the Top’ and the Struggle for a Quality Education in New York City” A talk by Leonie Haimson From suing the city Department of Education over its strategy of supporting charters … 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

FRIDAY, SEPT. 16: BROOKLYN HAPPY HOUR (but you don’t have to be from Brooklyn to come)

Are you concerned with?   O   high stakes testing O   disappearing resources O   larger and larger class sizes O   charters and district schools forced to co-locate O   attacks on tenure, seniority, union rights  Check as many as you like Come get together with like minded folks – Talk, Strategize, Enjoy! DATE:  Friday, September 16 TIME:  4:00PM … 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.

Protest Verizon DOE Contract at PEP/Support Verizon Workers on Strike – Aug. 17, 5 PM

On Wednesday, August 17, the Department of Education’s Panel for Education Policy will vote on a $120 million two year contract with telecom giant Verizon to wire our schools.   There are at least five good reasons to strongly oppose this contract ( see below.) At the same time the PEP will be voting on … Continue reading

GEM Testing Comm 8/15 and GEMers in the News

GEM Members have two great articles out this week on Tenure and Seniority Rights: Peter Lamphere in Gotham Schools discussing the importance, and the truth about, tenure: http://gothamschools.org/2011/08/01/our-experience-proves-tenure-is-not-obsolete/#disqus_thread Norm Scott in the “Informed Debate” section of Costco Magazine discussing seniority rights:  http://www.costcoconnection.com/connection/201108#pg19 _________________________________________________________________________________ GEM High-Stakes Testing Committee Meeting Monday, August 15, 5pm CUNY Graduate Center … Continue reading

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

Support the Save Our Schools march by donating:  http://www.saveourschoolsmarch.org. 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

New York City Parents and Community Stakeholders To Convene Press Conference Supporting NAACP Lawsuit

NYC Parents Union Press Conference Time: Monday, June 13 · 5:30pm – 6:00pm Location: DOE Headquarters, 52 Chambers WHAT: Parents, Students & Educators Press Conference in support of the lawsuit to stop school closings & inequitable charter school co-locations WHO: NYC Parents Union, Coalition for Public Education, Alliance for Quality Education, Concerned Advocates for Public … Continue reading

Next Fight Back Friday is May 20th!

Mayor Bloomberg has gone too far. And we are fighting back!!! Over the past year, at least 50 schools have participated in the many Fight Back Fridays that have occurred across the city. GEM is teaming up with other teacher activist groups to pull in as many schools as possible to this important day of action. May … Continue reading

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