Our October 21 rally for Community Schools was a huge success. Over 300 parents, teachers, community members and kids - lots of kids! - turned out. The kids made the event, helping to lead chants like "Whose Schools? Our Schools!" and "What to we want? Community Schools."
(STAY TUNED: Next action is NOVEMBER 20 -- Early morning school "Walk-in" for Community Schools.)
Nine busses came from school communities throughout the city -- Paterson High School, Wolfe Street Academy, Patterson Public Charter, Callaway Elementary, Holabird Elementary, Frederick Douglass HS, Robert Coleman Elementary, Gardenville Elementary School, Tench Tilghman, Collington Square, Commodore John Rodgers, Dr. Rayner Browne, Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center and Power HOUSE (Living Classrooms), CU's McCullough Homes Chapter and MD CASA's afterschool program!
Lots of handmade signs intermixed with our “Raise up the Village to Raise up the Child: Support Community Schools” theme signs for the rally. Cheerleaders and a step team wowed the crowd, and the Charm City Labor Chorus kept us in song! Principals from Ben Franklin High School and Wolfe Street Academy and the Community School Coordinator from Callaway Elementary shared how Community Schools are transforming public education in Baltimore.
Many key partners that made this rally a success: MDCU, AFT-MD/BTU, AFT National, Baltimore Central Labor Council, AFSCME, the Center for Popular Democracy and more! Baltimore Teachers Union President Marietta English layed out our demands to the mayor and city council: support community schools in the next fiscal year and create an “interagency group [that] will create impactful ways to implement community schools across the district." English's charge to the crowd: “We can do this Baltimore. We can fund our schools!”