The Crisis in Public Education in PR

The Public Education Crisis in Puerto Rico

And How We Can Help

Less than a year after devastating Hurricanes ripped through Puerto Rico and only a few days before the start of the 2018-2019 school year, the Department of Education followed through on plans to close almost a quarter of all public schools in PR.  Our partner school was one of those schools. Public schools in PR, especially in more rural areas, are often the heart of a community. Now these buildings sit abandoned. Most reports are that students have been re-assigned to schools that are far away from their homes and were already overcrowded without any additional funding for staff or materials.  

La Federación de Maestros de Puerto Rico (FMPR) is actively fighting against school closures. The FMPR has “rescued” a few of the closed public schools by opening them as community centers for the local families and children.  One of these centers is Lorencita Ramirez school in Tao Baja. On Saturdays, free breakfast and lunch is served and children can participate in sports and arts clinics (activities no longer provided in the public schools) and on Wednesdays, students can receive tutoring.  All of the staff are unpaid volunteers. These “rescued schools” are providing much needed community support for families and children who have been through multiple traumas. They provide a safe and happy place for the community to come together and support each other.

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The Neighborhood School to Puerto Rico with Love Association will be using funds raised to provide art and school supplies, books, and snacks for the program at Lorencita Ramirez.  There are lots of ways YOU can help make a difference in the lives of families in Puerto Rico:

  • Make a handmade item for our Handmade for PR event (Feb 4-8)

  • Shop at our Handmade for PR event (Feb 4-8)

  • Make a cash donation in our donation box

  • Purchase a TNS2PR mug (some are still available!)

  • Purchase a TNS2PR t-shirt (we will be selling again in the Spring)      

  • Join our group!!

  • Follow these Facebook pages:

Al Rescaté de Mi Escuela

Federación de Maestros de Puerto Rico

Please email TNS2PR@gmail.com or dianne@tnsny.org

For more information!  

Puerto Rico School Closings Hit Families, Communities Hard

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/puerto-rico-crisis/puerto-rico-school-closings-hit-families-communities-hard-n863461

Puerto Rico’s Schools Are in Tumult, and Not Just Because of Hurricane Maria

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/01/us/puerto-rico-school-closings.html

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