Happy Black Lives Matter at School week of action to you! During this week of February 3-7, 2020, thousands of educators across the nation will be teaching for black lives and organizing around for central demands to disrupt racism in the schools:
1) End “zero tolerance” discipline, and implement restorative justice
2) Hire more black teachers
3) Mandate black history and ethnic studies in K-12 curriculum
4) Fund counselors not cops
In an effort to help support #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool the Chicago Teacher’s Union podcast, “CTU Speaks!”, interviewed educators about how to stop the war on Black teachers and support week of action. Here is the description of the show:
In this episode, co-hosts Andrea Parker and Jim Staros grapple with the causes and consequences of the disappearance of Black educators from Chicago Public Schools. Jackson Potter, history teacher at Back of the Yards High School, and Gervaise Clay, teacher on leave and field rep at the Chicago Teachers Union, discuss the racist impact of school closings and turnarounds pursued by a host of Chicago mayors. Then, Jim talks with Jesse Hagopian, one of the organizers of the Black Lives Matter at School national movement, about its origins, demands and curriculum of the movement and February 3-7 week of action.