Activist Group Calls for Education Reform with #ReclaimOurSchools
Since early this Wednesday, #ReclaimOurSchools has been trending on Twitter. The hashtag is part of a nationwide education reform rally to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education.
Spearheaded by AROS (Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools), the Reclaim Our Schools movement is a fight for education reform, focusing on equal access to school resources, more public school funding, and less testing. AROS is made up of parents, students, teachers, and educational support professionals who believe that they have been excluded from the school system decision-making process.
Across the country, Twitter users are live-tweeting videos and photos documenting their experience.
— Denver Teachers (@DenverTeachers) February 17, 2016
“We believe strong public schools create strong communities,” AROS states on their web page. The organization stands behind the concept of equal access as a crucial and fundamental civil right.
— GoogieBaba (@GoogieBaba) February 17, 2016
The members of AROS believe in strengthening and enhancing public school conditions rather than dismantling and privatizing them. With the 2016 election on the horizon, now is a pivotal point in time for education reform.
— More Than a Score (@MTAS_Chicago) February 17, 2016
Advocates for education reform are looking to extend educational services to charter schools and to students who choose homeschooling. AROS believes that the school system is still too separated, despite Supreme Court action to improve conditions. Students at charter schools and students who choose to home school are not always granted the same opportunities as students who choose to go through the mainstream system.
#ReclaimOurSchools by allowing school choice, empowering charter & trade schools and providing vouchers for those who choose to home school
— Your American Hero (@YourAmericaHero) February 17, 2016
60 years after the pivotal Brown v. Board of Education decision, conditions have not improved as much as they could. The people behind the Reclaim Our Schools movement hope to jumpstart a new surge of progress for civil rights.
— Kathleen Bokar (@bananapan) February 17, 2016
— C. Carew (@caren4btunity) February 17, 2016
To keep track of the progress of the movement, check out #reclaimourschools on Twitter.
Sarah Samel is an Emerson College senior Writing, Literature and Publishing student focusing on young adult fiction. When she’s not browsing bookstores, she’s blogging or jotting down ideas for new poems and stories.