EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 7, 2013

Lawrence plans to observe 'Day of Action' for educators on Monday

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE — A representative of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) will visit the city Monday as part of the union’s local observance of the national “Day of Action” to reclaim the promise of a great public education for every child.

Francine Lawrence, AFT Executive Council Vice-President, will kick off the year-long campaign with a tour of Lawrence High School at 10 a.m. She will meet with Lawrence Teachers Union President Frank McLaughlin, Mayor-elect Daniel Rivera, Superintendent/Receiver Jeffrey C. Riley, teachers, staff and students while at the school.

At noon, Lawrence will tour the Oliver Partnership School, a new grades 1-5 school led by labor, school management and community members that is designed to provide targeted services to improve student achievement.

“We’re going to showcase the Lawrence Public Schools and we’re going to have a conversation with mayor-elect of Lawrence and with the receiver to make sure that every child in Lawrence receives a great education,” McLaughlin said. “We’re going to be talking about the principles that unite us — community and labor organizing together for education and social justice.”