Hundreds of educators, staff, parents, students and community supporters participated in walk-ins at 17 Milwaukee public schools on June 5. Participants are engaging in ongoing protests at schools and other locations in Milwaukee and statewide. They’re demanding that numerous provisions in the 2015-2017 state budget that would result in the dismantling of public education be taken out.
The proposed state budget now before the right-wing legislature calls for the takeover (privatization) of Milwaukee public schools, millions in cuts for K-12 and higher education, and the elimination of tenure and shared governance in the University of Wisconsin system. This is among other austerity provisions in efforts to benefit Wall Street interests, in particular the banks and bondholders.
On June 11, a statewide protest at the state Capitol called “Another Budget Is Possible” will take place. For more information and to join the struggle, visit: tinyurl.com/nnh7nbm, tinyurl.com/oaycomy and wibailoutpeople.org.