Wednesday video screening aimed at sending message to Roy Roberts

DETROIT – Students and parents involved in the campaign to ensure teachers are in classrooms when students start the school year in September will screen video testimony at 6pm on Wednesday from students, parents and teachers showing how empty classrooms in past years have impacted the quality of education for Detroit Public Schools students.

In recent years, students have been greeted with empty classrooms at the start of the school year, the result of Detroit Public School administrators failing to assign teachers to classes as part of their planning process. As a result, students weren’t learning and their education was compromised.  Students Wednesday will make use of social media tools to show DPS Emergency Manager Roy Roberts and others what happens when students report for class and there are no teachers.

WHEN:         Wednesday, July 20, 2011 @ 6 p.m.

WHERE:      The University of Michigan Detroit Center

Orchestra Place

                        3663 Woodward Ave

Detroit, MI

WHO:            Barbara Mays, Vice-President, Our Kids Come First & parent @ Barton Elementary

Maria Navarrete, President, Our Kids Come First & parent @ Maybury Elementary & Clippert Middle School

                        Breanna Alvarez, Youth Voice, student

                        Diane Williams, Youth Voice, student

                        Maria Jimenez, Our Kids Come First, parent

VISUALS:    Video testimonials, students, parents  


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