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Corporate Free Public Schools

Publication Date: 2011-10-13

We, administrators of United Opt Out National ( http://www.unitedoptout.com), wish to collaborate with the Occupy Wall Street Movement and offer our vision for CORPORATE-FREE PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

We believe that QUALITY PUBLIC EDUCATION is a democratic right for all persons. It is through vibrant and fully funded school communities that all children have the opportunity to develop and grow into happy, successful, free, and active citizens. High stakes testing functions in opposition to QUALITY PUBLIC EDUCATION, as it is used to punish children, to malign educators, and to provide financial gain for testing corporations and their political sponsors.


  • ALL high stakes testing and punitive policies that label schools, punish students, and close public community schools

  • ALL high stakes testing that ties teacher evaluations, pay, and job security to high stakes test results

  • Corporate interventions in public education and education policy

  • The use of public education funds to enact school "choice" measures influenced and supported by the corporate agenda

  • Economically and racially segregated school communities

  • “Model" legislation that provides special rules to charter schools that are forced upon public schools

  • Corporate run for-profit charter schools that divert public funds away from public schools

  • Mandates requiring teachers to use corporate approved, scripted programs that sublimate and
    negate authentic and meaningful learning experiences imparted by varied and rich curricula


  • Libraries and librarians to all schools and communities

  • Teaching force educated through accredited college teacher education programs only

  • School buildings in ALL neighborhoods that meet health codes including clean drinking water,
    heat and air conditioning

  • Developmentally appropriate, problem-based, literacy-rich, play-based and student-centered
    learning, with the return of nap, play, and snack time for kindergarteners

  • Smaller student-to-teacher ratio (25 or fewer to one)

  • Wrap around services for schools that offset the effects of poverty and social inequality,
    including but not limited to: school staff such as nurses and health providers, social workers,
    community organizers, family counselors; free quality community daycare and preschool
    programs, healthy food availability, safe and healthy housing options, community social
    facilities, and after school programs to enhance learning and provide safe recreational spaces
    for all students

  • Fully funded arts and athletics programs

  • Recess and adequate time allotted for lunch

  • New national funding formulas that ensures EQUITY in funding to ALL public schools regardless of zip code

  • Requirement that a significant percentage of textbook or testing company PROFITS go BACK TO public education

  • Requirement that all DOE positions are filled with qualified and experienced educators

  • Requirement that Superintendents and school administrators have exceptional, extended
    teaching and school-based experience

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