Occupy the DOE starts Friday (schedule)

United Opt Out, an organization of parents, educators, students, and social activists who describe themselves as “a movement to end punitive public school testing” will kick off a four-day protest event Friday called “Occupy the DOE in D.C.”

The event is aimed at alerting the Obama administration to unhappiness with its education reform polices and will include seminars, marches, and speeches led by activists and educators alike.

On its Facebook page, Occupy the DOE in D.C. calls for the public’s participation in “ending corporate takeover of our public schools.” Unlike many of last fall’s Occupy protesters, the organizers have secured the required permits to stage these events.

Below, you’ll find a schedule of events, subject to revision. For more information and the most up-to-date schedule, visit unitedoptout.com.

Friday, March 30
10 a.m. – Welcome rally at the DOE
11 a.m. – Mic-check
Noon – American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) awareness session by United Opt Out administrators
1:30 p.m. – March to Capitol Hill
3 p.m. – Appointment with Senator Sanders’ educational counsel, Jessica Cardichon.
4 p.m. – Return to the DOE to continue occupation
930 p.m. – ‘Strategy, Conflict, & Creativity – Tools for Harmonizing Grassroots Power’ to take place at Saint Stephens with Mill Moyer of Backbone Campaign


Saturday, March 31
10 a.m. – Wake up call: Rally and mic-check
11 a.m. – ‘Building a Grassroots Movement to Defend Public Education’ with Brian Jones, co-narrator for ‘the Inconvenient Truth about Waiting for Superman’ and Liza Campbell, teacher and education organizer in NYC
1:30 p.m. – ‘Getting Beyond the Madness of High-Stakes Testing: Occupy the Classroom!’ with Linda Nathan, Ann O’Halloran, Ruth Rodriguez-Fay, and Liza Womack
2:30 p.m. – ‘KIPP and the Total Compliance Model of Schooling the Poor: Ending the KIPP-nosis’ with Jim Horn
3:30 p.m. – ‘The Inconvenient Truths behind TFA and its Inadequate Version of Teacher Training’ with Dave Greene
6:30 p.m. – Movie: “TEACH,” followed by a panel with Bob & Yvonne Lamothe, Ann Halloran, Tracy Novick and Ruth Rodriguez.


Sunday, April 1
10 a.m. – Wake up call: Rally and mic-check
11 a.m. – ‘Children More than Data’ with Jesse Turner
1:30 p.m. – ‘The Occupy Movement and the Struggle to Save Public Education in the United States’ with Mark Naison and Ira Shor
2:30 p.m. – Thomas S. Poetter, Author of “The Education of Sam Sanders”
3:30 p.m. – ‘Is American Education Backing the Wrong Horse? (Yes)’ with Stephen Krashen
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. – ‘Bus Boys & Poets: Barry Lane Cabaret’


Monday, April 2
9 a.m. – Poster-making party, mic-check, and more
10 a.m. – ‘Solutions for Communities – A Grassroots Movement’
11 a.m. – ‘Solutions for Educators’ with Bess Altwerger, Morna McDermott McNulty, and Peggy Robertson; ‘Professional Schools of Conscience for Educators and the Declaration’ by Ken Goodman
12:30 p.m. – March to the White House
4 p.m. – Save Our Schools steering committee members announce the next action