NEW WEBSITE ADDRESS

1 Mar

Occupyhighschool.com is now Occupyhighschool.org. Please follow the link to go to our new address.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

29 Feb

occupyhighschool.org is currently going through some major changes. It will be back shortly.

Take Action for M1

4 Feb

March 1 is coming up fast, and, at a national scale, it’s going to take some heavy planning during the next few weeks to pull it off!

Occupy Ed is hosting another national conference call Feb 19, to organize inter-school, inter-state communication. Here’s some information from OccupyEd for your school or movement:

Please email march1dayofaction@gmail.com if you will be on the call, so I know which groups we
are reaching and whom to reach out to.

Feb 19: 8:00pm Eastern, 7:00pm Central, 5:000pm Pacific

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Call in #: (209) 647-1600
Access Code: 996138

Also you can access the call by Free Skype:
Simply add this contact into your skype contacts:
freeconferencecallhd.2096471600
Call your new contact and Then bring up the key panel and enter access
code: 996138

More information at Occupy Education’s site here.

You can now add your school, city, or state -wide action to a list/map here.

NYC’s Feb 1 Walk-Out Draws Hundreds

3 Feb

“Hundreds of students walked out of school on Wednesday, but they weren’t ditching for conventional reasons. The mobilized teenagers were protesting education budget cuts in Union Square, particularly the impending closure of Legacy High School for Integrated Studies on 14th Street in Manhattan.Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Education are on a campaign to close public schools, one that disproportionately affects communities of color.”

By Allison Burtch for occupiedmedia.us

Read the entire story here.

“The Unaddressed Link between Poverty and Education”

1 Feb

By Karin Dell’Antonia for The New York Times.

“Data From the National Assessment of Educational Progress show that more than 40 percent of the variation in average reading scores and 46 percent of the variation in average math scores across states is associated with variation in child poverty rates. No one seriously disputes the fact that students from disadvantaged households perform less well in school, on average, than their peers from more advantaged backgrounds.”

Read the entire story here.

We Need Unity

1 Feb

The “National Day of Action” announced by Occupy Education is coming up fast. Too fast.

High school Occupy movements all over the country are atomized and isolated. That’s okay, even good, but only to a point: Students and teachers need to be able to voice the concerns of their individual schools and school systems, but in front of a larger backdrop. Right now, that backdrop is nowhere to be seen. We must work together if we work at all.

occupyhighschool.com is waiting to become searchable by major engines like google and bing–we hope that we can serve as a kind of index of HS occupations all over the country once we become visible. Until then, schools need to do some serious brainstorming: Many of us are unable to stage successful walk-outs like Garfield High in Seattle this November, for a score of reasons, safety among them. But this should not prevent us from voicing our discontent. We must have a unified front before we jump to act: The ability to maintain an informed, allied, and cooperative grounding was (and is) partly what made Chile’s student revolts so successful.

Every school must formulate their own protest, and let that inform any mass action. So start writing, designing, talking and meeting! Leave a comment here, get involved with your community’s movement, write to the local paper, the school’s paper–put up a poster and tell everyone! Send us a link to any information for your school and we’ll link back to it. And SIGN THE LETTER–and we’ll send your school 5 buttons and stickers for free (see below). Let’s unite.

Check out this Al Jazeera video about the Chilean Winter (from Adbuster’s site):

State of the Union: 1.3 Million Drop Out of HS Annually

29 Jan

“ONLY 21 states require students to attend high school until they graduate or turn 18. The proposal President Obama announced on Tuesday night in his State of the Union address — to make such attendance compulsory in every state — is a step in the right direction, but it would not go far enough to reduce a dropout rate that imposes a heavy cost on the entire economy, not just on those who fail to obtain a diploma…”

Read the entire story here.

National Day of Action Announced for Schools

27 Jan

“We call on all students, teachers, workers, and parents from all levels of education —pre-K-12 through higher education in public and private institutions— and all Occupy assemblies, labor unions, and organizations of oppressed communities, to mobilize on March 1st, 2012 across the country to tell those in power: The resources exist for high-quality education for all. If we make the rich and the corporations pay we can reverse the budget cuts, tuition hikes, and attacks on job security, and fully fund public education and social services.”

Go to the site here.

NYC Student Walk-Out Planned

26 Jan

From the Facebook Page:

planned for Wednesday, February 1, 2012, from 2-5

“We are calling for all High school Students to walk out of their classes, and meet us at Union Square Park 14th street! The Mayor has failed us and we need a citywide stand to let our voices be heard. We are asking for every single student in New York City to come together and show you matter. Budget Cuts! Lack of Resources! How much more can we take? How much more can YOU take?”

NYC Students Plan Walk-Out

Occupy DOE Shuts Down Undemocratic School Boards

26 Jan

By Liza Featherstone for The Nation.

December 19, 2011

Occupy Department of Education (DOE) takes on neoliberal education reform

“It’s not only in New York City that the Occupy spirit has invigorated education activists. In late November Occupy Rochester, along with parents and other community activists, disruptively mic-checked a school board meeting to protest an undemocratic process for selecting a new school superintendent, a process that involved a corporate search firm. In Chicago, on the same day as the Queens PEP meeting, protesters shut down a school board meeting to protest recent failed reforms. Like New York, Chicago has been shutting down failing schools and replacing them with new ones, often charter schools. As in New York, many of the new schools perform even worse than the old ones. Parents and teachers mic checked the meeting, yelling, “You have failed Chicago’s children…. These are our children, not corporate products!”

Read the entire story here.

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