Opposing Privatization of Puerto Rico’s Public Schools

WHEREAS, Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States; and

WHEREAS, Puerto Rico has determined that public education is a foundation of our democracy; and

WHEREAS, there are some 300,000 students in more than 1,000 public schools in Puerto Rico; and

WHEREAS, the growing number of school closures is having a profoundly negative impact on the students of Puerto Rico; and

WHEREAS, there are proposals in Puerto Rico to close or privatize more schools; and

WHEREAS, Puerto Rico, its people, and its schools have already suffered grave destruction as a result of Hurricane Maria; and

WHEREAS, the American Federation of School Administrators has a chapter in Puerto Rico, Local 105;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the members of Local 105 in Puerto Rico are overwhelmingly opposed to Puerto Rico’s schools being privatized; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the American Federation of School Administrators endorses Local 105 in strongly opposing any further privatization of Puerto Rico’s schools.