With everyone focused on health care and stopping evil invisible gases, we must stop and remember the immortal words of Helen Lovejoy, “Oh, won’t somebody please think of the children!” Well, Helen, that somebody is DC School Reform Now, they are thinking of the children. 

This Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 9am, DC School Reform Now will be holding a demonstration on the steps of the Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) prior to a City Counsel meeting with Mayor Fenty and Chancellor Rhee. They will be supporting the efforts of Chancellor Rhee and others on the City Counsel to improve DC public school standards through merit pay for teachers, renegotiating union contracts, and firing all teachers and rehiring only the best. These reforms have met with resistance from the teacher’s union which is desperate to keep its power at the expense of the schools and children. 
If you are in the DC area, we encourage you to attend and show your support. They also ask that you sign their petition located here. Even if you are not a DC resident you can sign the petition to show your support for better public schools based on merit not on union power.
This demonstration should be an inspiration for others across the country to stand up and demand school reform in all school districts.

Image of Elementary class used on 9/27/09 is credited to U.S. Army, photo by Dan Thompson.