Protect Our Schools

Oneonta’s Protect Our Schools demonstration on March 26 at 4:30 at the former Center Street School will be the capstone of a series of successful Protect Our Schools events that have been taking place across NYS. (NYC had over 100 participating schools).

It is imperative that we show up en masse! Every BODY counts, even if you say to yourself, “I was just at a forum.” THIS event is our media spectacle. THIS event is our message of solidarity. THIS event is our “scream,” the word Governor Cuomo used to describe the gatherings in NYC. We must unite and we must “scream” loudly.

Share this post, and share it widely–amongst your friends, in your local groups, on your wall, everywhere. We must have parents. We must have students. We must have teachers, administrators, and board members. We must have pre-service teachers, and professors of education. We must have grandparents and taxpayers. All stakeholders of public education are invited, in Oneonta and all surrounding districts.

“Registration” starts at 4:30. We will be asking you to trace your hand and pin/ attach a ‪#‎ProtectOurSchools‬ sign to your back so we can join hands in front of the school building. This is our symbolic gesture of protection. Media has been invited, and we will be photographing the event to upload to social media. We ask that you bring your mobile device to record the event, and that you upload your pictures using the hashtag #protectourschools. Please “like” and tag the FB pages of Oneonta Area for Public Education and Worcester Community for Education so we can share your posts and create an album.

Superintendent Yelich of the Oneonta City School District will say a few words, and veteran teacher Kevin Clark will be speaking about the issues as we “register.” This event is family friendly, and we ask that you DO PLEASE bring your children. After all, this is about them and their education.

Please do not park in front of the Center Street School building. Use street parking on other nearby streets according to Oneonta City’s parking regulations. There is also a large, free public lot between Dietz and Ford (across from the YMCA), which is only a two block walk from Center St.

We ask that all volunteers show up at 4. Thank you and hope to see you there for a successful event!

More information here.

Facebook event here.

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About Betsy Bloom

Betsy is an Associate Professor of Education at Hartwick College in Oneonta NY. She is also a parent of two, a nine year veteran middle school social studies teacher and the current president of the NYS Foundations of Education Association, an organization dedicated to achieving social justice through public education.
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