PSAT for 1-8-13: Back to business!

It’s been 3 weeks since my last Public Schools Action Tuesday post – it was a good, long holiday season!

So, here are 3 simple things you can do today if you, like me, are still easing back into the public school advocacy business.

1) Sign this petition to Mayor Emanuel, Governor Quinn, and the Illinois House and Senate for an elected school board! You can Facebook, tweet and e–mail it to your friends, too.  I wrote: “Mayoral control has failed Chicago’s children and is quickly destroying public education. We need to put democracy back in our most important democratic institution, our public schools. ”

2) Sign another petition to the Governor and Illinois Legislature to create an education facilities planning board. I wrote: “Chicago’s political leaders have proven that they are not to be trusted to listen to the needs of our children as described by those who know them best – their parents. teachers, and communities. Independent regulation is needed.”

3) Finally, sign this White House petition to President Obama to stop policies that promote mass closings of public schools while expanding charters. This important petition was created by the wonderful Valerie Leonard. We need 25,000 signatures to get a response!



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Julie Woestehoff is PURE's executive director. Julie's work has earned her a Ford Foundation award and recognition as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Chicago.