This message was sent in an e-mail by Metro Justice:
“On March 4, students, teachers, parents and community members across New York State will come together for the People’s March for Education Justice.
As we continue to defend the institution of public education from federal attacks by Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos, we march to defend that same institution here in New York. The public investment Governor Cuomo proposes in his education budget this year is woefully inadequate and falls way short of being equitable. It will negatively impact our most vulnerable students from early child care to higher education all across the state. Black, brown, immigrant, refugee, low-income, LGBTQIA, English Language Learners, homeless students and students with disabilities, are worthy of an investment that will meet their needs not deny them opportunities to be successful. . .”
Every child in America is worthy of an excellent education that does not discriminate, separate, normalize, standardize or dehumanize them with labels that define their physical attributes while ignoring their humanity.
“We march to demand that Governor Cuomo finally fully funds the $4.3 billion owed to public statewide as a result of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity including the $170 million owed to Monroe County . . .”
Education justice will not occur by pouring money into a failing system of education that perpetuates the notion that success is determined by the amount of money one has and not the integrity and righteousness one exhibits.
Justice, not only in education but in all aspects of our society, will be achieved when we stand firm and demand that all of America’s children receive an education that is developmentally appropriate, Arts based, and experiential. An education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents all children possess towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens who understand physical attributes are not relevant to success or failure but the human factors of self-respect and respect for others are those that will insure our success as a nation.
An excellent education for all children will secure our position as world leaders, leading the world towards peace.
Join the Movement to Save Our Children!