Media Advisory: Charter Families & Teachers to Protest at Richmond Mayor's Office

October 13, 2015

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PROTEST: Charter School Parents, Students & Teachers to Demonstrate at Richmond Mayor's Office

Charter supporters will call out Mayor Butt and City Councilmembers for "obstruction of educational justice" for withholding college scholarship aid from charter students

October 12, 2015 - Charter school parents, students and teachers are accusing Richmond Mayor Tom Butt and the City Council of "obstructing educational justice" and will stage a protest outside the Mayor's office on October 14th. They will demand that elected officials include charter school students in the $35 million in college scholarships provided by the "Richmond Promise."

"We are the public in 'public education," says one protesting charter school parent. "Our children attend public schools and they deserve the same college opportunities as every public school student, without exclusion."

The Promise states that it will serve "students who live in Richmond and graduate from a public high school in the West Contra Costa Unified School District." Recently, a City Council committee confirmed that charter students - many of whom are low-income students of color whose families struggle to afford college - qualify because charter schools are, in fact, public schools. Still, the City Council has refused to vote to include them.

"The politicians are letting politics get in the way of students' opportunities, which is unacceptable," said Brian Buttacolvi, who teaches 10th grade English at Making Waves Academy, a charter school in the district. "Richmond students should not be pawns in a political game."

WHO: 75 charter school parents, students, teachers and supporters WHEN: Wednesday, October 14, 4:30 pm WHERE: 133 Park Place, Point Richmond, CA WHAT: Protest at Mayor Butt's Office to demand equal access to college funding

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