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Since our founding in 2015, we’ve accomplished a lot.
Dear JCPS members took back local control of our school board. We helped put JCPS board members in place who are the most receptive to stakeholder concerns, who have promised to hold district leadership accountable, and will strive to keep public schools public. We’ve exposed injustices and helped board members make more informed votes. Under our new superintendent, Dr. Marty Pollio, the work was able to begin. However, we still have a long way to go.
The privatization movement has lots of money and resources. True public education advocacy work is underfunded, because there is no profit to be made in doing the right thing. With charter schools and vouchers still a threat, and double-agents for privatizers lurking around every corner, we have to stay vigilant.
We are making a real difference! But we can’t do it without you. Help us keep our work going by making a donation to the movement. Every expense is paid for from volunteers’ pockets: copies, buttons, signage, handouts, social media and websites, refreshments, mileage and gas. You name it. Our volunteers pay out of pocket when a need arises, and it’s nice to be able to pay them back or pick up a future tab. Movement work requires a great deal of communication and sophisticated infrastructure. Most of our labor is volunteer, so the expenses we like to cover are hardware and subscription services.
Please consider making a donation to our parent organization, Save Our Schools Kentucky. Founded in 2016, SOSKY has been holding state leaders accountable, and despite best efforts of those who wish to destroy public education, SO FAR we’ve been able to stop charter schools, vouchers and other harmful weapons of the privatizers’ agenda from ravaging Kentucky’s underfunded schools.
And now, efforts to ban the teaching of accurate history, and to take local decision making power away from our communities is under way. A mass exodus of teachers from the profession and further siphoning of remaining resources paints a grave situation for the future of public education.
One bright spot on the horizon is the trial of Kimberly Johnson vs. JCPS, which begins Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at 9:30 in Judge Olu Stevens’ courtroom in Louisville, Kentucky. This trial against the same district where Breonna Taylor graduated high school, could prove to be a landmark case in paving the way to dismantling structural racism in public school systems, and it deserves our full attention. Our organization intends to provide extensive coverage of that trial, including audio, video evidence, court documents and open records, in addition to daily coverage once the 3 to 4 day trial begins. Your donations will help offset costs to provide coverage as well as to donate to Dr. Johnson to pay for her time off work to be present at her own trial against her employer.
Please help us continue the fight by clicking on the Donate button in the top right corner and be sure to share our posts and social media. Thank you for your support.