Washington – Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten, following efforts by parents and community members who traveled to Washington, D.C., today to express their concerns about harmful school-closing policies.
"The current fixation on closing neighborhood public schools destabilizes neighborhoods, creates instability for our children, disproportionately affects children of color and undermines public education. And it's not what parents want for their children.
"The parents, students and community members who came to Washington today sent a clear message—it's time to fix, not close, our schools. Real school reform comes from the ground up—through a community-driven and child-centered process that engages teachers, parents and the community on what they believe is best for their schools, and empowers them to act not just when a school is already failing but each and every day.
"When parents, teachers, students and community members work together, and we are provided with adequate resources, we can make every public school a school where parents want to send their kids, where teachers want to teach, and where students want to learn. The AFT is committed to working with parents and community partners to realize the dream of a high-quality education for all children, regardless of who they are and where they come from."