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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

One response to “Teachers and students rally to ask Elorza to veto Achievement First”

  1. Johnnie

    The gang that runs things: Gina, John Arnold, RIDE, ProJo and the leadership of the AFT and RIFT teachers’ unions know goddamn well that this infusion of money and expansion of Achievement First is nothing but a back door attempt to force the privatization of public education in Providence. Providence teachers will be sacrificed if you let them.

    As they subsidize the gentrification of Providence, and build ballparks, they encircle and criminalize the disposables and force them into an underground economy to survive — while telling them it’s their fault if they don’t have the skills to compete for work.

    The plan is to create a financial crisis in a city that is already teetering with pension obligations and bankruptcy. The want and need to cut pensions and salaries of teachers, and plan to force a budget crisis in order to do it. Pawtucket and Woonsocket will be next. The ruling elite (the bondholders) who own the national indebtedness of cities, counties and states are protecting their steady revenue stream. There is also billions to be made from the privatization of public schools; and think of what a corporate curriculum will look like.

    Despite the success of the Massachusetts public school system (by their definition) there was a major push to continue the expansion of charters — which was temporarily beaten back. Why would they take public monies from an education system that is ranked the best in the nation and among the top internationally and want to bastardize it (with charters) instead of continually improving it? Someone explain that to me.

    Does anyone honestly believe these unscrupulous sleazeballs, whom we are taught to adulate and emulate, have our children’s education as their first priority? People need to start seeing them and exposing them for the shit that they are.

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