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Educators from across U.S. to Join December 9 National Day of Action

Local public actions to demand direct involvement in decisions affecting public schools

WASHINGTON - November 25, 2013 -

On December 9th parents, students, educators and community leaders across the country will raise their hands and demand more for America’s children. On the National Day of Action: Raise Your Hand for our Schools and our Solutions communities will demand that those who know students best devise and implement community-driven solutions to tackle the opportunity gaps in American education.

The day of action is an outgrowth of ongoing collaboration among the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and several key community partners to mobilize support for public education, pushing back against the corporate takeover of our public schools and lifting up the voices of practitioners and communities about what is best for our students.

Together, the groups have developed "The Principles that Unite Us" (PDF icon PDF, 898 KB, 4 pgs.)—a common vision for public education. It stands in sharp contrast to the corporate agenda for public schools, market driven reform that attempts to impose a system of winners and losers. More than 100 community groups and unions (PDF icon PDF, 23 KB, 1 pg.) have already endorsed the principles.

The National Day of Action—coordinated public actions organized by community and union partners in cities across the country— will be followed by multicity and multistate campaigns and larger actions in the spring.

In addition to the NEA and AFT, other national organizations sponsoring the National Day of Action include the Alliance for Educational Justice, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, the Gamaliel Network, the Journey for Justice Alliance, the Leadership Center for the Common Good, National Opportunity to Learn Campaign and the Service Employees International Union.

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The National Education Association ( is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

CONTACT: Miguel A. Gonzalez, 202-822-7823,