It’s finally happening!
Parents, teachers, students, activists, and community members gathered on this snowy afternoon in a room filled to capacity, to celebrate the premiere of a short film by Michael Elliot. The film was made with support from Montclair Cares About Schools and the collaborative efforts of too many people to name here right now.
We owe a debt of gratitude to Save Our Schools New Jersey for their tireless advocacy on behalf of our public schools and their incredible information and handouts which were distributed at the event.
A special mention must go to the remarkable students from the Newark Students Union. If only everyone would listen to them! Or the teachers, as in this brave and incredible letter from the teachers at Science Park High School in Newark, who refer to the PARCC as “30 Days of Destruction,” via Bob Braun’s Ledger.
And of course, we thank Mr. Elliott for his artistry, vision, and extraordinary efforts to create this film for release on the eve of the PARCC.
We are united in our mission and vision to reclaim public education for all children.
Many people in the room this afternoon are refusing the PARCC, here in Montclair, Newark, Paterson, and all over the state. New Jersey begins PARCC testing tomorrow, Monday, March 2.
Please watch and share widely.
Bloggers across New Jersey are also posting this and we expect it to also be posted nationally.
Here are two blogs by amazing and inspiring women we’re so proud to know as fellow activists and friends. Both are featured in the film:
One is by The Education Activist, Melissa Katz:
So much work to do. We go forward.
All of us at Montclair Voices