September 30, 2010
Toledo Public Schools actions over the past 15 years have had a chilling effect on Toledo's black community.
The Concerned Citizens in Support of African American Students is asking for the following actions to take place and for implementation to begin immediately.. Because the black community has suffered long, patiently and mostly silently for educational excellence and eqiuty in hiring practices, be it the $821 million Building for Success Program or the teacher hiring practices, we have no choice but to call for a No vote on Issue #5 on November 2, 2010 and also call for a boycott of one Count Day to be held on October 8, 2010. Count Day is the day when students are counted to determine funds allocated to the TPS. We have reaped no benefits from our children carrying the economic load for the TPS school system. The monies coming into the district are primarily for students based on poverty and the "free and reduced" food program. Yet these students' schools remain in crisis.
These actions may pit members in our community against each other but at the end of the day our children have been put into a state of emergency. We are asking for support from all citizens in Toledo including the Mayors office. Our children are acting out their frustrations against a system that they don't understand, but one in which we must stand against. Our inner city schools receive the most money yet most of them are in academic watch or academic emergency and have been virtually ignored by the TPS school board. An example is Pickett Elementary that has been in academic emergency for ten years. Instead of focusing on these schools, emphasis has been placed on the schools that are succeeding, without duplicating their programs in the central city schools, programs which provide a quality education to those students.
We are asking as a good faith gesture from the Toledo Board of Education that the following occur.
We demand that TPS live up to it's promise to renovate and restore Scott to it's former greatness with academic and social programs befitting a school with excellence in its future. We demand that: 1. A nationwide search begin immediatelly for a dynamic, black, male principal that will be a leader in the pursuit of academic excellence.2. That the two schools (Allied Health and BTI) currently referred to as Scott High School, be dismantled and replaced with the traditional high school. 3. That a challenging curriculum (such as those used at Start, Bowsher and Central Catholic) be put into place with high academic and social standards with true AP and honors classes that will prepare students for college, the vocational setting, entreprenueralship, or the workforce. 4.That all personnel be "pink slipped" and all TPS employees be given the opportunity to apply for all positions. Each applicant will have to meet certain standards, criteria and come before a committee of parents, alumni and community and be recommended for the positions before being hired for all open positions. 5.That a recruitment program be put into place to bring the Scott community's students back into the TPS family. 6.That a Facilities Corordinator be hired to corordinate student activities. 7.That a nationwide search for a band director begin that will pave the way for the excellence that is expected of a Scott band. 8.That the Special Education Department abide by all laws pertaining to IDEA and that students with disabilities from the Scott community be given first choice for the special education classes in this least restrictive environment.
If the TPS board of education is serious about opening Scott in January 2012 all of these criteria must be met by the start of the 2011-2012 school year.to ensure a seamless trsansition from the Devilbiss building.
We demand that Libbey High School be saved from the wrecking ball due to its historical value and its value to the Libbey community. We are asking that Libbey be turned into a Community Center, housing either the Urban League or an Urban League like organization with programming that will enhance the Libbey community. We also are requesting that the sports complex, such as the football field be used as the place for youth and the Mid-City participants to practice.
A Press Conference will be held:
When: Monday, October 4, 2010 10:30AM
Where:Frederick Douglass Building, 1001 Indiana, Toledo Ohio.
Mr. Ben Williams 419-536-1289
Twila Page 419-243-3813