Leaders of the National Call to Action and organizers of the Save Our Schools March have declined an invitation to meet with education officials at the White House today. Instead, they'll be available after the rally.
The executive committee of the joint effort sent this morning the following response:
"We sincerely appreciate the interest of the White House in the Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action. We’d be pleased to host any White House or Department of Education personnel on the Ellipse on Saturday so they can hear firsthand what teachers, students, parents and community members from around the country have to say about public education. Thousands of concerned citizens will be sharing their experiences and their thoughts on the future of our schools. July 30th is your opportunity to listen to us. After the March, we will be open to meeting with White House or Department of Education leaders to further discuss our specific proposals."
The four-day rally in Washington D.C. kicked off Thursday and protests controversial education reform policies from the Obama administration.