Stop Assault on Public School Education

Target: Julia Keleher, Puerto Rico’s Education Secretary

Goal: Stop privatizing and closing down public schools.

Puerto Rico recently announced that it will close 283 of its public schools due to a decline in enrollment and financial problems. This announcement follows controversial education reform legislation, which includes increasing the number of charter schools and private school vouchers for some students. Many assert that the Secretary of Education is only interested in handing public education funds to private companies, which is an unjust and discriminatory practice. Puerto Rican residents are still reeling from Hurricane Maria’s effects, and closing down public schools might trigger traumatic emotions. 

Teacher and parent groups have voiced strong opposition to this announcement and are calling out the government’s unfair actions. They claim that the disaster is being used as a scapegoat for officials to sell off public services instead of actually reforming them. One concerned parent claimed she did not know if the nearby replacement schools are close to her child’s current school and how her child would get there.

We must not stand idly by and let the Puerto Rican government attack public education. While the country is suffering from a financial crisis, its residents are still traumatized by Hurricane Maria’s after-effects. These school closures might reopen psychological wounds and create new problems instead of solving them. Sign the petition below to demand Puerto Rico’s Secretary of Education stop handing over public school funds to private hands.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Keleher,

Puerto Rico is suffering from a financial crisis, and public education is currently taking a debilitating hit. While you claim that Puerto Rican children deserve the best education under the country’s fiscal reality, you continue to support privatization of public schools. Turning over public education funds into private hands is a discriminatory practice, which favors some and harms many more, as public schools are closed down and charter and private schools are prioritized. Hurricane Maria should not be used as an excuse to sell public funds to private companies.

Residents—children and adults alike—are still recovering from Hurricane Maria’s damages, and closing down public schools will cause even more psychological trauma. Most Puerto Ricans are strongly against this educational ‘reform’ because it is an attack on whole communities, disregarding the well-being of children and adults alike. I hope that you reform public education instead of selling funds to private companies. The students’ best interests will not be considered under privatization, and I urge you to repeal the legislation to close down 283 public schools.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Jason Pinaster

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One Comment

  1. Gen Agustsson says:

    stop it. clean up the act and start educating them

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