A handful of parents and teachers gathered next to the H.T. Herber school in Malverne, NY. They wanted to express their opposition to excessive testing, teacher evaluations tied to test scores, GEA, and schools privatization and closings.
Similar rallies took place across New York State in response to the action call by NYS Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE), entitled “Protect Our School.” But spontaneous rallies are being organized on a daily basis by parents without affiliation to any group. Parents gradually, one by one, come to realize that something is “fishy” about the “accountability” and “failing schools” slogans, especially here on Long Island. Then, it takes just few minutes of research to find out that multinational corporations together with “philanthropists” are funding the politicians of both leading factions and heavily “advertising” in media.
Gradually, more Malverne UFSD residents and teachers start to understand that the governor’s goal to “fix a broken education bureaucracy,” should not mean to privatize schools—with public funds. The rally that took place on March 26th would not happen last year, if it were announced. It took place this year, still without being backed by any local group or organization. It was advertised online and teachers distributed flyers in district schools. They also represented the majority in the rally. I am confident that the next rally will have backing of local groups and also a higher attendance. The grassroots movement has been growing slowly, but steadily.