Support the First NYC High School Teachers to Refuse to Give Test
On Thursday, May 1, 2014, we, the teachers and school staff, at the International High School at Prospect Heights are refusing to give the NYC English Language Arts Performance Assessment Exam. We are standing in solidarity with the more than 50% of our parents who have opted their students out of taking the test.
Please support the teachers and staff members who have joined together to abstain from administering a test we believe is harmful to English Language Learners(ELLS). We are not willing to sacrifice the trust of our students, their feelings of self worth, and our professional duty to do what is best for them. In good conscience, as educators dedicated to the learning of our students and the welfare of our school communities, we are not administering this test. We ask that Chancellor Carmen Fariña remove the New York ELA Performance Exam in favor of an assessment created by educators who best know the individual needs of their students and classrooms.
Come organize with the Grassroots Education Movement (GEM), including TSJ, CTU, and others, on the May 17 Day of Action to defend public education and continue the fight against the privatization of education.
Email us here to confirm for the rally and to go door to door canvassing in North Lawndale with GEM after the May 17 rally at Pope School. Download flyer here
Join Parents, Students, Community, Labor & Faith Leaders to celebrate our strength & our commitment to win the schools that all of Chicago’s students deserve.
Join us at our Teaching and Learning Freedom event on May 7th at the WBEZ Little Village Bureau. Next week's Eyes on the Prize community dialogue facilitators are Jackson Potter and Asif Wilson. Lastly, make sure to participate in our May 21stTwitter Town Hall and also attend the UIC Feminist Film Series taking place this week!
- UIC Social Justice Initiative
UIC Feminist Film Series
Hosted by: GWS Feminism and Social Change 390 Students & Dr. Sekile Nzinga-Johnson
A documentary film series that will engage students on issues of sexual violence, community responses, restorative justice, envisioning a feminist future, and more. Nights of critical conversations, dialogue, and sharing of resources. [Information about the films can be found here.]
April 22nd & April 23rd @UIC Latino Cultural Center (B2)
April 24th and April 25th @PUJA Gallery (729 S. Maxwell St.)
SJI Freedom Summer Twitter Town Hall Wed, May 21, 3pm
Beyond Allyship: Raising the Bar on Freedom Struggles
Featured tweeters: Barbara Ransby, Mariame Kaba, April Callen (April Scissors), Mia McKenzie, Moya Bailey, Andrea Smith, Molly Adams (Vocalo), Maya Schenwar (TruthOut), Coya Paz, Gary Younge, Kevin Coval
Freedom Dreams…Freedom Now! May 28th - 30th, 2014
The Social Justice Initiative invites you to attend a conference commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer ’64.