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Hartford Group Joins National School Closings Protest


HARTFORD — A Hartford group will join in the nation-wide kick off event to protest against school closings in low-income communities of color.

In light of these school closings that organizers say a national 25-city coalition plans to call for an end to  the creation of “school deserts” through a moratorium on all school closings, turnarounds, phase outs and charter expansions. The event will be from Aug. 27 to Aug.  29.

Organizers say that on the heels of the nation’s 50th anniversary of the March On Washington, Journey for Justice Alliance (J4J) members agenda is similar: racial justice and equal opportunity for all children – regardless of color, class or community – to a quality and safe education.

The coalition added that school closings “destabilize communities, create school deserts with no right-of-access to public schools, and do not improve low-income students academic performance.”

National Journey for Justice Alliance demands include:

  • Moratorium on all school closings, turnarounds, phase outs and charter expansions
  • It’s proposal for Sustainable School Transformation to replace failed intervention strategies for struggling schools.
  • U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to be held accountable for discriminatory, top-down policies that target communities of color and have not improved student outcomes.                  

Explosive school closings resulting from this agenda violates the United Nations proclamation of 1948, Article 26(http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml) establishing the inalienable human right of every child – regardless of race, income or community — to receive a quality education in a safe environment.

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