Every citizen who cares about public schools has a role to play in defending public education from the agenda President Trump and Education Secretary DeVos have laid out: to defund and destabilize public schools in favor of vouchers and charter schools that are unaccountable to taxpayers.
Marches, protests and petitions all matter, but these lower-profile, everyday actions are just as important. Get started today!
1. Add everyone who represents you to your mobile contacts.
Include all elected leaders—from your district school board members to your members of Congress—with their D.C. and back-home office numbers! Be ready to hold them accountable, and thank them when they do right by public schools.
2. Attend your next school board meeting.
Invite a friend or colleague to go with you and see firsthand how decisions are made. Request to speak on issues important to educators and students.
3. Strengthen school-community connections.
Invite an educator to speak to your faith or community group. Bring local community leaders into your classroom so they can learn about your students, and vice versa.
4. Create a public school defense team in your neighborhood.
Establish several means of communication—email, phone, and a closed group online—and provide updates on local school issues. If your district comes under attack, alert the entire network! When the time comes, this group can spread the word about pro-public education candidates at every level of government.
5. Help educate your community about what’s at stake for educators and students in the Trump-DeVos era.
This is a good project for your neighborhood public school defense team. Work with your neighbors to host a community teach-in on the dangers of turning over public school dollars to private schools.