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Educators, Parents and Students to Rally for Education

New Britain educators, parents, students and Board of Education members will gather on Wednesday, April 11 for the Consolidated School District of New Britain’s second annual Pro-Education Rally. The uplifting event will feature speakers, musical performances by students and an inspiring spoken word performance by New Britain High School Dean of Students Mike Peterson.

This year’s rally has a theme of “Urban Education, Urban Voices.” The community is invited to come together to speak up and speak out for public education.

Board of Education President Sharon Beloin-Saavedra said public education is the civil rights issue of our time.

“Members of our urban community must come together in the ongoing debate and advocacy efforts over public education finances and fairness,” Beloin-Saavedra said. “Brown vs. Board of Education was settled back in 1954, striking down the separate but equal clause. Today, 48 years later, our students are separated by socioeconomic status and the inability of urban communities to fund education at the same rate as our suburban neighbors. Politicians cannot talk about solving the achievement gap until they seriously and earnestly discuss opportunity gaps and society’s collective responsibility for our children.”

Superintendent Ron Jakubowski said this event will showcase all the positive things happening in the district.

“We have a lot to be proud of in New Britain, in spite of chronic underfunding,” Jakubowski said. “The rally will highlight our commitment to our students and New Britain’s future.”

The rally will begin at 6 p.m. in the gym at New Britain High School, 110 Mill Street. There will be a parade of international flags by students from DiLoreto Dual Language Magnet School, performances by the New Britain High school band and show choir, as well as the Jefferson Hotstix drummers from Jefferson Elementary School. Administrators and elected officials expected to speak include Sharon Beloin-Saavedra, Ron Jakubowski, teachers’ union president Sue Triglio, former Board of Education member Brian Riley, state Representative Bobby Sanchez and current Board of Education members Carlos Pina and Erin Stewart. Vance Village School fifth grader Manny Benitez, president of the Vance Village Micro Society, will also address the crowd.