Green Party: Secretary of State DeVos’s school privatization schemes are bipartisan: Democrats promoted and enacted the same ‘reforms’

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For Immediate Release:
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Contact:
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org


Green Party supports public schools, calls on communities to resist charter schools, vouchers, and other programs designed to dismantle public education

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party leaders said today that outrage over Senate’s confirmation of patently unqualified Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education was entirely justified — but the outrage should also be directed at Democratic Party leaders, including ex-President Obama, who worked to enact the same school privatization schemes favored by Ms. DeVos.

“Democrats can hardly claim to lead the opposition to the Trump-DeVos agenda on public schools, when they joined Republicans in facilitating charter schools, vouchers, and other programs designed to transfer public education funding to private businesses during the past two decades,” said Aaron Renaud, co-chair of the Green Party of Texas and a high school teacher.

“The movement to dismantle public education is bipartisan,” said Andrea Mérida Cuéllar, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States and former school board member in the Denver Public Schools. “The last eight years under President Obama were hallmarked by the imposition of free-market reforms such as charters, ‘choice,’ vouchers, high-stakes standardized testing, union busting, mayoral control of school districts, the Common Core State Standards Initiative, and the closing of public schools, especially those attended by children from poor families and children of color.”

Greens noted that Sen. Ted Kennedy was a leading sponsor of President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act, the premises of which were largely maintained in the Obama Administration’s “Race to the Top.”

Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education under President Obama, used his office to promote Common Core, the use of standardized testing of students to evaluate teachers, and charters schools. Mr. Duncan had a history of mass teacher firings as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools. (See “Obama’s Public Education Policy: Privatization, Charters, Mass Firings, Neighborhood and Family Destabilization” by Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report, July 1, 2009.

Mr. Duncan’s successor was John King, Jr., founder of the Uncommon Schools charter chain, with the same dedication to Common Core and standardized testing ( “The Obama Education Legacy Part 2: Obama Appoints Another Privatizing Stooge Secretary of Education” by Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report, Nov. 4, 2015.

Greens noted the widespread low performance and frequent closings of failed charters in many states and said that competition from charter schools and vouchers hasn’t improved ailing public schools. Instead, they weaken public schools by drawing funding away from them.

“Those who put students before private profit must take the fight to the state level. The federal government is only responsible for around 10% of education funding for states. Communities can reject neoliberal reforms and the strings attached to federal funding. Public education supporters should work to dismantle local corporate welfare programs such as tax-increment financing, which diverts tax dollars away from public schools but covers the costs of property development that builders should pay for on their own,” said Darryl! L.C. Moch, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States and co-chair of the party’s Black Caucus.

“Education is the first line of defense against disinformation and alternative facts. Greens support public education not just to prepare children for employment, but also to teach them how to be citizens in a democracy. That’s more than enough reason to be skeptical of a school reform movement funded by the Broad, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Walmart Family foundations,” said Mr. Moch.

See also:

Green Party Platform: Section on Education

Green Party blasts Dems on DeVos confirmation
The Hill, February 7, 2017

Roland Martin: That Hustla Ova There Tryna Sell Us School Privatization
By Bruce A. Dixon, February 8, 2017

Web of Secrecy Surrounds Federal Half-a-Billion Handout to Charter Schools
By Jonas Persson, Black Agenda Report, Sept. 8, 2015

Billionaire’s Secret Plan: A ‘Hostile Takeover’ of LA Public Schools
Portside, September 23, 2015

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Next Detroit Greens Meeting – Thursday, January 26, 7 pm, Nandi’s Cafe

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The next meeting of the Detroit Greens is particularly exciting and critical. We can revitalize the local with the new members and new officers and focus on building the Green Party in Detroit. Please plan to attend.

When: Thursday, January 26, 7 pm
Where: Nandi’s Cafe, 12511 Woodward, Highland Park 48203
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Proposed Agenda:

1. Introductions 5 min
2. Reports on Anti-Trump events – 20 min
3. Reports on Other Actions – 10 min
3. Detroit Greens Officer elections – 20 min
4. Building the local — Recount and what to do about it -15 min
5. Building the local — Next Meetings and Speakers – 10 min
6. Announcements – 5 min

Anita Belle with Dr. Jill Stein For President and Ajamu Baraka at University of Houston.

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2017 MLK Day Rally & March

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Rally and March for “Jobs, Peace & Justice”

Monday, January 16, 2017
12 Noon

Central United Methodist Church
23 E. Adams and Woodward, Detroit

Schedule:

Noon – Rally at Central United Methodist Church

1:30 pm – Freedom March through downtown Detroit

3:00 pm – Community meal, poetry and music, at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

            Please note the NEW LOCATION:

St. John’s Episcopal Church
I-75 & Woodward Avenue, Detroit

This church is located north of the parking lot that is next to the Central United Methodist Church.

Rally for Democracy Saturday in Detroit!

STAND UP FOR DEMOCRACY!

Rally with Jill Stein in Detroit

Calling all voters, volunteers, recount supporters and Michigan residents:

Join Jill on Saturday in Detroit as we rally for democracy, civil rights and a better voting system! End Electoral Jim Crow! Protest Donald Trump and his cronies’ political obstruction to suppress the recount!

It’s time for a voting system we can trust, that is accurate, secure and just! That counts every vote and makes every vote count! Join the movement and make your voice heard!

The rally will begin at 2pm, Saturday, December 10 at the Joe Louis statue in front of Cobo Hall, 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

WHAT: Rally for Democracy with Jill Stein

WHEN: 2pm, Saturday, December 10, 2016

WHERE: Joe Louis statue in front of Cobo Hall, 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

WHO: Supporters of the recount, Green Party members and Michigan residents who want to improve our electoral system

Facebook event here!

#MichiganRecount stopped, Emergency Rally in Lansing at 2pm

After the federal court case decision, the recount will not continue. Do NOT attend your shifts tomorrow at recount sites; all recount sites are done recounting because of the court’s decision to end the recount. Join our Emergency Rally and Speak Out in Lansing Tomorrow.

Join us to protest the unfair decision to shut down the Michigan Recount.

Join the grassroots call for the Michigan State Supreme Court to allow the recount to continue and call for election reform in Michigan.

The rally and speak out will be held at 2pm, Thursday, December 8, 2016.

The location is in the Plaza in front of the Michigan State Supreme Court, 925 W Ottawa St, Lansing, MI 48915.

WHAT
Rally and Speak Out to Protest the Court Decision to shut down the Michigan Recount
WHEN
2pm, Thursday December 8, 2016
WHERE
Plaza in front of the Michigan State Supreme Court: 925 W Ottawa St, Lansing, MI 48915
WHO
Supporters of the recount, Green Party members and Michigan residents

Check out our facebook page for the most up-to-date information about the rally. If you have additional questions email volunteer@recountmichigan.com.

#MichiganRecount Update – Wednesday Dec 7

Today there will be 19 RECOUNT SITES OPEN STATEWIDE. We need you to join volunteers from across Michigan and report to one of the locations listed below to help ensure the integrity of our electoral process!

Join us at one of the following locations and we will have staff on site available to train and prepare you for your roll as a Volunteer Recount Challenger.

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LOCATIONS OPENING TOMORROW

These sites will begin their first day of counting ballots Wednesday, Dec. 7

Allegan County
Allegan High School Conference Center
1560 M-40 North
Allegan, MI 49010

Berrien County
South County Building
1205 N. Front Street
Niles, MI 49120

Calhoun County
United Methodist Church
721 US Hwy 27 N
Marshall, MI 49068

Cass County
Southwestern Michigan College
Mathews Library Conference Center West
58900 Cherry Grove Road
Dowagiac MI 49047

Clinton County
Clinton County Courthouse
100 E. State Street
St. Johns MI 48879

Eaton Carmel
Carmel Township Hall
661 Beech St.
Charlotte MI 48813

Genesee County
Genesee County Administration Building Cafeteria
1101 Beach St.
Flint, MI 48502

Ionia County
Ionia Central Dispatch Building
545 Apple Tree Dr.
Ionia, MI 48845

Jackson County
Jackson County Tower Building
120 W Michigan Ave
Jackson, MI 49201

Livingston County
Livingston County John E. LaBelle Public Safety Complex
1911 Tooley Road
Howell, MI

Montcalm County
Former Stanton Elementary School West Entrance
710 North State Street
Stanton, MI 48888

Muskegon County
Laketon Township Hall
2735 W. Giles Road
Muskegon, MI 49445


CONTINUING COUNT LOCATIONS
These locations began counting earlier this week and are continuing on Wednesday

Kalamazoo County
Kalamazoo County Expo Center at the Fairgrounds
2900 Lake St, Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Kent County
City of Wyoming Public Safety Building 2nd Floor, South Parking Lot
2300 De Hoop Ave S.W., Wyoming, MI 49509

Macomb County
Macomb Community College Sports and Expo Center Bld P
14500 E. 12 Mile Road Warren, MI 48088 Entrance on Hayes Rd

Oakland County
Oakland Intermediate School District
2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Twp, MI 48328

Ottawa County
Ottawa County Fillmore Complex, Conference Room
1220 Fillmore Street, West Olive, MI 49460

Washtenaw County
Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center
4135 Washtenaw Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Wayne County
Cobo Center Room 430, 410a, & 420
301 Civic Center Drive, Detroit, MI 48226


If you are ready to serve as a volunteer with Recount Michigan 2016 at one of the above locations, please just show up.

Recount Michigan Supervisors will be ready to train you and place you at a table to observe the ballot recount process.

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#MichiganRecount locations Tuesday Dec 6

Recount sites open at 9am:

Ingham County
Ingham County Fairground, Main Arena Blg
700 East Ash Street, Mason, MI 48854

Kalamazoo County
Kalamazoo County Expo Center at the Fairgrounds
2900 Lake St, Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Kent County
City of Wyoming Public Safety Building 2nd Floor, South Parking Lot
2300 De Hoop Ave S.W., Wyoming, MI 49509

Macomb County
Macomb Community College Sports and Expo Center Bld P
14500 E. 12 Mile Road Warren, MI 48088 Entrance on Hayes Rd

Oakland County
Oakland Intermediate School District
2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Twp, MI 48328

Washtenaw County
Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center
4135 Washtenaw Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Wayne County
Cobo Center Room 430, 410a, & 420
301 Civic Center Drive, Detroit, MI 48226


Recount site pen at 1pm:

Ottawa County
Ottawa County Fillmore Complex, Conference Room
1220 Fillmore Street, West Olive, MI 49460

If you are ready to serve as a volunteer with Recount Michigan 2016 at one of the above locations, please CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.

Recount Michigan Supervisors will be ready to train you and place you at a table to observe the ballot recount process.

#RecountMichigan

#Recount2016 begins TODAY in Michigan

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Great news! The federal court ordered that the recount needs to start by noon today in order to protect Michigan voters’ constitutional rights. The recount will begin at noon today at the following two sites:

Ingham County
Ingham County Fairgrounds, Main Arena Building
700 East Ash Street Mason MI 48854

Oakland County
Oakland Intermediate School District
2111 Pontiac Lake Road Waterford Twp, MI 48328

If you have already completed an in-person or online training and are able to report to either the Ingham or Oakland sites at noon, please do so.

Note that at least six other sites will begin recounting tomorrow, including Wayne County, and several more sites will begin recounting Wednesday. If you are planning to observe at one of the sites not listed above, then hold off until we get information about those sites out to you via email updates.

Check out our facebook page for the most up-to-date information about recount sites.

If you haven’t signed up to volunteer, submit your information via our google form. When we know the start date and time of the site you sign up for we will email or call you.

If you have additional questions email volunteer@recountmichigan.com.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we mobilize our recount review operation.

Keenan

Recount Michigan Observer Training Sessions

Recount Michigan is holding volunteer recount observer trainings tonight, tomorrow, and over the weekend at the locations and times listed below.

Feel free to call (734)249-8244 with any questions.

Washtenaw County – IBEW Local 252 (7920 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor) – December 1st, 6 PM

Eaton County – Grand Ledge Area District Library (131 E Jefferson St, Grand Ledge) – December 1st, 7 PM

Marquette County – Baraga Conference Room (129 W Baraga Ave, Marquette) – December 1st, 7 PM

Wayne County – Northwest Activities Center, Ballroom (18100 Meyers Rd, Detroit) – December 1st, 7 PM

Kent County – The Labor Temple (918 Benjamin NE, Grand Rapids) – December 1st, 7 PM

Oakland County – Baldwin Library, Jeanne Lloyd (300 W. Merrill St, Birmingham) – December 1st, 7:30

Ionia County – Sozo’s Coffee (576 N State St, Ionia) – December 2nd, 7:30 AM

Genesee County – UAW Local 651 (3518 Robert T. Longway Blvd, Flint) – December 2nd, 10:30 AM

Livingston County – Brighton Community Center (555 Brighton St, Brighton) – December 2nd, 6 PM

Grand Traverse County – Park Place Hotel, Minerva Conference Room (300 E State St, Traverse City) – December 2nd, 6 PM

Clinton County – Emerald Golf Course (2300 W Maple Rapids Rd, St Johns) – December 2nd, 7 PM

Allegan County – Allegan County Library (331 Hubbard Street, Allegan), December 3rd, 10 AM

Muskegon County – Muskegon Community College, Stevenson Center, Room 1218 (221 S. Quarterline Road) – December 3rd, 10:30 AM

Berrien County – Lincoln Township Public Library (2099 W John Beers Road, Stevensville) – December 3rd, 12:30 PM

Calhoun County – Masonic Temple (133 E Michigan Ave, Battle Creek) – December 3rd, 1 PM

Ottawa County – Holland District Library (300 S. River Ave, Holland) – December 3rd, 1:30 PM

Montcalm County – Greenville Community Center (900 E Kent Rd, Greenville) – December 3rd, 6:30 PM