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The Save our Schools March, recently held in Washington, DC was a huge success and we have public education activists like you to thank. Check out video and pictures of the event and activists below.
Regina Richardson, Special Education Instructional Assistant, Arlington Education Association Board, VA
“I’m here because I want to be included with teachers, I want to be part of this. NCLB is leading kids to drop out of school, if they can’t pass the test. Not all kids are on the same level.”
“I wish members of Congress would switch jobs with us for a day. Would they succeed?”
“We need to move away from the culture of fear. Teachers are afraid of being fired because of the testing. So they shut their door. We need to collaborate, we need to say, ‘Yes, we’ve got problems, and we can solve them together.’ We don’t need to be rewarded and threatened. You can’t learn when you’re afraid.”
“I’ve been doing this job for 15 years and NCLB has left children behind. Teachers can’t spend time going over the basic materials.”
“If your school can’t pass, they cut your funding instead of giving you more help. That’s backwards. How many of the children of members of Congress even attend public schools?”