Pontiac Educators to Host “Save Our Public Schools” Community Meeting Tonight
PONTIAC — Aimee McKeever, President of the Pontiac Education Association, along with Pontiac School District Superintendent Kelley Williams, will host a community meeting tonight from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Newman A.M.E. Church, 233 Bagley St., Pontiac. The meeting, dubbed “Save Our Public Schools,” will bring together Pontiac citizens and educators to discuss efforts to fight back against the potential closure of Whitman Elementary and Pontiac High School.
The recent announcement by the State Reform Office (SRO) of plans to close 38 schools across the state, including two in Pontiac, has spurred community action to mobilize against the closures. The community meeting will update citizens on the academic progress that has been achieved in the Pontiac School District. Citizens will also be provided with contact information for policy makers so that they can make their voices heard before final school closure decisions are made.
“Closing neighborhood schools will be devastating for students, families and communities and does nothing to address the problems that lead to low academic achievement,” said McKeever. “Pontiac schools and Pontiac students have made solid academic progress over the last few years and that story needs to be told.”
Speakers will include the united leadership of the Pontiac Education unions, the Pontiac Public Schools, the City of Pontiac, as well as elected officials from the Michigan Legislature and many others.
“We are speaking with one voice on behalf of our students and our community. I am gratified by the support Pontiac residents have given this effort and I look forward to growing our coalition to fight this threat to our community,” said McKeever.
“The mission of the MEA is to ensure that the education of our students and the working environments of our members are of the highest quality.”
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