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Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012 8:05 AM


Public Meeting

Thursday, May 10
6:30 pm
Queens Pride House

76-11 37th Ave, 2nd Fl
Jackson Heights, Queens
E/F/R/M/7 to 74th/Roosevelt

Still Separate, Still Unequal:
Racism, Policing and Public Education

Angela Jones, Coordinator, School to Prison Pipeline Project, NYCLU (
Brian Jones, NYC public school teacher, activist, and contributor to the new book, Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation (
Nilesh Viswashrao, student activist, Youth Power/ Desis Rising Up & Moving (

Media outlets made much of Trayvon Martin's suspension from school for a supposed empty marijuana baggie. Less attention was paid to a report released by the Department of Education in the beginning of March on the vast racial disparities in the application of school suspensions and expulsions. Increased reliance on police in schools and the implementation of "zero tolerance" policies have had a disproportionate impact on African American and other students of color. The report showed other disparities as well, including that schools with large numbers of black and Hispanic student were likely to have relatively inexperienced, and low paid teachers.

Education has always been at the heart of the struggle for Civil Rights in this country. However, a decade of corporate-modeled education "reform," including privatization through charter schools, high stakes standardized testing, merit pay and attacks on teachers unions, have done nothing to improve racial disparities in education. If anything, such disparities have only intensified. Instead of receiving the resources and support they need to learn, harsh policing and high stakes testing have made real education less accessible to students of color.

Every politician claims to be for equal access to education. Yet bipartisan eduction "reform" has produced the opposite effect.

Join teachers, students, and activists for a discussion on what education "reform" and policing in schools is really about, and how they are fighting back in the here and now for real racial justice.

Event is free and open to the public. Spanish interpretation available.

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