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Before Ravitch's 'Daily Show' gig, a request for a warm welcome

Education historian Diane Ravitch is appearing on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart tonight — and her supporters want to make sure she has company.

We just received an email from the New York City point person for the Save Our Schools March, meant to draw parents and teachers to Washington, D.C., this summer to assert their voices in education policy. She is asking Ravitch’s supporters to greet the outspoken critic of the Obama administration’s education agenda when Ravitch arrives at Stewart’s 11th Avenue studio at 4 p.m. today.

Ravitch will spend an hour and a half in online conversation with Save Our Schools supporters next week, according to the email.

If Stewart’s lampooning of those who criticize teachers for their job perks earlier this week is any indication, he could go easy on Ravitch tonight. The pair also found common ground when Ravitch appeared on “The Daily Show” in 2003 to discuss the strange taboos shaping standardized tests.

If you go to Ravitch’s taping (or to the late-night, ticketed viewing party that Parents Across America is organizing), please send pictures. Here’s the entire email message we received:

Dear Gotham Schools,

I am the contact person in New York the Save Our Schools March organizing committee.

We would like to get parents, students and educators to attend the taping of the Daily Show with Diane Ravitch on March 3. The organizers of Save Our Schools Mobilization are asking that people go to the studio at 11th Ave between 51st and 52nd streets, between 4 and 5 p.m. and welcome her with signs as she enters the building for taping.

Also, Dr. Ravitch has agreed to sit down with activists from Save Our Schools for a ninety–minute webinar 8:30 to 10 pm Eastern time on Friday, March 11. She will share some personal reflections on the intense rounds she has been making, with appearances from New York, Tucson, and Denver to the Daily Showand then to Madison, Wisconsin. We will also discuss ways people can get involved and support the organization of the SOS March in D.C. in July.

Please visit the Save Our Schools March web site. We would like Gotham Schools support in getting the word out about organizing to improve our schools.

Please let me know if you think Gotham Schools can support this work.

Regards,
Diana Scalera

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