Also: good TV coverage from CBS News, News 12 Bronx and News 12 Brooklyn. And don't miss the terrific parent-made videos from PS 20, Arts and Letters school, Brooklyn Arbor and PS/IS 87 below -- featuring Public Advocate Tish James, former CM (and education hero) Robert Jackson, and lots of wonderful public school parents and kids. See also our Facebook event page; and feel free to add more newslinks or links to photos and videos below.
|PS 3 parents, kids, and teachers line up to protect their school|
|PS 3 parents and student|
Well, the idea took off. The date of March 12 was set, and we emailed parents, suggesting they should organize this action at their schools. The UFT subsequently emailed the idea to their chapter leaders as one among several actions they could take, but at many of the schools across the city, it was really parents who took the lead in organizing these events. This was truly a grassroots effort.
|Councilmembers Dromm and Chin|
I went back home and started madly tweeting and retweeting the hundreds of images that were coming through the internet from all over the city-- wonderful photos and videos of parents, kids and teachers, chanting, holding signs and singing, defending their schools from Cuomo's predatory attacks. Just check out the twitter feed with the hashtag #protectourschools, or go to our Facebook page to see many of them.
|NYU Professor quoting Che Guevara|
|City as School singing "The Times They are a Changin'"|
We got tons of press most of it good. Some reporters who shall remain nameless implied that parents were just tools of the UFT; the Governor predictably called us "special interests" having a tantrum, which just shows how successful the day's events were. Right before he was run out of town on a rail, Commissioner John King also vilified parents as "special interests" who dared protest his high-stakes testing/privacy violating agenda.
My favorite videos from the day are below, including Tish James giving a wonderful civics letter to the parents and kids at PS 20 and Arts and Letters, and the PTA presidents of those schools explaining how they feel about Cuomo's proposals.
Below that is a great short video from Brooklyn Arbor, complete with musical refrain, and a video from PS/IS 87 in Washington Heights, where the famous Campaign for Fiscal Equity school funding case began, and whose court decision the Governor is defying. This one stars lead CFE plaintiff former CM Robert Jackson and the parent leaders at that school.