The War Report on Public Education, November 22, 2015

The War Report on Public Education
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The War Report on Public Education
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Guests, Eve Shippens and Kate Shangs Haq

The War Report on Public Education with Dr. Miller and guests Eve Shippens and Kate Shangs Haq

Headlined, The War Report on Public Education, November 22, 2015

Future of Buffalo Schools
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November 22, 2015

War Report on the Road - Buffalo New York - The People's Story on the Privatization of Buffalo Schools

Please join Internet radio host Dr. James Avington Miller Jr. as he reports live from Buffalo NY in the sixth of his reports about “The People’s Story". Joining Dr. Miller this week will be education activists Eve Shippens and Kate Shands Haq.

Buffalo is ground zero in this war against public education and is set up to be the next all charter school district. This show will highlight the Buffalo parent-teacher organized resistance to the privatization of their schools.

Eve Shippens is a parent, teacher and alumni of the Buffalo Public Schools. She is fighting for the children's right to an equitable, quality, enriching public education. Buffalo has a child poverty rate of close to 50% and is one of the most segregated cities in the country. Eve became active in the fight when the state of New York declared her school, along with three others, out of time and decided to shut them down. She fought with hundreds of students, teachers, families and other activists to keep the schools open and public!

Kate Shands Haq is also a parent- teacher activist fighting to keep Buffalo Public Schools public.

This show will show you the power of a small resistance to overcome the neo-liberal agenda to destroy public schools and privatize the education of the children of Buffalo.

RESISTANCE MATTERS

RESISTANCE IS NOT FUTILE

RESISTANCE IS THE HIGHEST FORM OF EXPRESSION OF DEMOCRACY

Dr. Miller will also spend the last 10 minutes of the show reporting on his activities last week in gathering interviews for The People's Story.

Guest, Eve Shippens

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Eve Shippens
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Teacher, Parent, Education Activist
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Eve Shippens is a parent, teacher and alumni of the Buffalo Public Schools. She is fighting for the children's right to an equitable, quality, enriching public education. Buffalo has a child poverty rate of close to 50% and is one of the most segregated cities in the country. Eve became active in the fight when the state of New York declared her school, along with three others, out of time and decided to shut them down. She fought with hundreds of students, teachers, families and other activists to keep the schools open and public!

Guest, Kate Shands Haq

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Kate Shands Haq
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Teacher, Parent, Education Activist
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Kate Shands Haq has been a professional educator in the field of elementary school teaching since 1985. She is a graduate of Buffalo State College and the State University of Buffalo, where she received a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education in 1991. Kate has taught grades Kindergarten, second, third, fourth, and fifth. She has worked as a reading specialist and as the Response to Intervention coordinator and coach for her district.

The majority of her years have been spent in a rural school district on the outskirts of Buffalo, but she is a long time city of Buffalo resident. Kate and her husband have three sons, two of whom graduated from Buffalo Public Schools, and their youngest is presently in tenth grade at a criterion school in Buffalo.

Kate has been politically active since college and represented her local teachers' union in Albany for many years. She is currently the secretary of the Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization. Kate resigned her position as a fifth grade teacher in June of 2014 and is pursuing her PhD in Critical Literacy at SUNY Buffalo as a full-time student

The War Report on Public Education

The War Report on Public Education with Dr James Avington Miller Jr
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Dr. James Avington Miller Jr.

The format of THE WAR REPORT ON PUBLIC EDUCATION explores one of the most important events in our life time - the total takeover of our educational system by corporate interests. This show is about the 'corporate' war on public education and the rising public resistance movement to the war. Dr. James Avington Miller, Jr. invites guests from all over who join the rising public resistance movement against the corporate greed taking on our public school system. He is interested in growing a grass-roots movement here in the United States and in Europe against the 'corporate interests' that are limiting both teachers and students everywhere.

This October 2015 he is taking his show on the road as he embarks on a very special project. His long awaited project ‘The People’s Story' is an effort to reach out to those individuals whose voices are not being heard in educational arenas everywhere. He will be interviewing, filming and collecting stories from parents, teachers, students and community members in the rural and urban areas of the Eastern United States to include Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Washington D.C. Many lives are being impacted and harmed by the ongoing corporate war on public education that exists today. The consequence of the rapid privatization of our schools is inhumane and devastating to our teachers, schools and most importantly, our children.

His primary mission is to create a documentary/television series for PBS and the Arts & Entertainment Channel that will expose the human cost of man’s inhumanity to man. The objective is to document people’s stories from each state and create a one hour TV Episode for that state evolving into a 30-35 part series. Dr. Miller expects to have the first TV show ready by next summer. This will propel the ‘corporate war on public education’ front and center as a local, state and national campaign issue. Determined to awaken the world on a national level by providing a series of programs that will lead to understanding the whole picture – he hopes to demand an end to the Corporate Elite and their destruction of public education.

Dr. Miller is seeking funding for ‘The People’s Story’ project from friends, family and the public to cover the expenses that this will entail. If you care about the future of education, please support this most important project and be part of history in the making. This has been and will continue to be Dr. Miller's dream to complete and certainly his life's legacy.