Monday, August 20

TONIGHT (8/20): PEP meeting and Khalil Gibran rally

At tonight's meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy, members will discuss the new Middle School Task Force recommendations; preview the DOE's website redesign, set to launch within the next few weeks; and take a look at last year's school safety data. The meeting's at 6 p.m. at the Department of Education (Map); arrive a few minutes early if you want to sign up to make a public comment.

PEP meetings have gotten a little more interesting lately since the June appointment to the panel of Patrick Sullivan, an independent-minded public school parent who doesn't shy from asking hard questions. Sullivan also writes for the NYC Public School Parents blog.

Also at 6 p.m., supporters of the embattled Khalil Gibran International Academy plan to rally on the steps of the DOE, sponsored by a number of tolerance-oriented organizations and individuals. From the announcement of the rally, posted on the website of the organization Arab Women Active in Arts and Media:

As New Yorkers and others in support of quality public education for all of our communities, we stand in solidarity with the Khalil Gibran International Academy, which has sustained hateful and false attacks by anti-Arab media and extremists. ... We call on all communities who want to see peace on our streets and in our world to stand with us in support of the Khalil Gibran International Academy.

1 comment:

Konrad said...

thanks to Philissa and for posting on the rally for KGIA. It was a great event, there was a lot of press there but I haven't found much reporting about it. I shot and posted a 9-minute video of the speeches on YouTube.