One new local group is fed-up with the condition of public schools.

The Dade Coalition for Education and Economic Justice is created to engage the public in school issues.

President of the United Teachers of Dade Cedric Ingram says the situation in schools has been deteriorating for some time. 

"We just want our schools back. They belong to children, they belong to families and we've gotten so much into policy making that lawmakers tend to forget that."

The coalition's education platform demands three things:

  • Full, adequate and equitable funding of public schools with direct oversight and input from community and parents
  • A rich curriculum and robust educators who prepare all of our students to be work force ready and actively engaged members of our society
  • A respectful and nurturing school environment that is secure and engaging for all students, parents, and staff

Members of the coalition will be giving out more information tonight at Pepper Park on the Southside of NW 135th Street Eastbound and NW 12th Ave from 5:30-7:30.