Miss the first protest against the New Mexico Public Education Department? We forgive you. But, there are two more chances to stand up against “Test-Taking Nation” on October 28 and October 29. Here’s the information I copied from Protest of NMTeach Forum hosted by PED Facebook page.
“The PED thinks our backlash over its bad reforms are because principals, teachers and parents don’t understand because we’ve been misled by district officials. So the PED has invited principals to attend a forum at which it will answer their questions.
Stand4KidsNM and CURE NM will host a party of our own: We will protest the PED presence at the National Hispanic Cultural Center from 4pm-6pm.
We will protest on the sidewalk on Bridge/Cesar Chavez and then around the corner on to 4th street. There are no businesses there (we will be on the south side of the street) so we will not interfere with any businesses. The corner is a parking lot so that is convenient for us.
The Office of Cultural Affairs’ Mike Trissel said we did not need a permit if we followed some guidelines:
— We don’t sell food.
— We stay on the sidewalk (that is public domain)
— For safety we do not impede traffic or get into the roadway or block driveways.
— We can’t have a sound system.
— We need to stay at about 100 people per evening.
Our purpose is to inform people, rain on Skandera’s parade by being there and stealing some thunder with the media and to show the principals that we are serious.
Some of us are considering wearing our caps and gowns for a two-fold message: We’re not “just moms” — we are professionals and educated too. And we want our kids to graduate without having to overcome more hurdles in the form of standardized testing.
100 PEOPLE ARE NEEDED each night! Who’s up for this fun?!”
Will you be there?