Defend public education

Community activists in Philadelphia marched through Center City streets on April 5 to demand, “Build communities, not prisons!” ... Posted Apr 12, 2012

After weeks of community meetings and rallies, parents, teachers and students of two high-performing Philadelphia elementary schools have won. ... Posted Apr 9, 2012

Outraged by cuts in funding and the tripling of tuition at community colleges and state universities, students, faculty and other educators held protests throughout California on March 1. The local actions culminated four days later in a statewide demonstration in Sacramento and a brief sit-in, led by Occupy for Education forces, in the Capitol rotunda. ... Posted Mar 16, 2012

On March 1, as many as 200,000 students and their supporters poured into the streets in Montreal and other cities across Quebec to protest proposed tuition hikes by Quebec’s premier, Jean Charest. ... Posted Mar 7, 2012

The Education Rights Coalition at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee sponsored protests on campus March 1 on the National Day of Action for Education Rights. ... Posted Mar 7, 2012

On March 1, hundreds of students from Philadelphia area colleges, including Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, rallied and marched to protest massive state cuts to education. ... Posted Mar 7, 2012

Demonstrators chanted, “Tear down Jailhouses! Build up School Houses!” outside Heery International Inc.’s Philadelphia office as part of a national call from Occupy Oakland to Occupy for Prisoners on Feb. 20. ... Posted Mar 4, 2012

Joseph Williams is a student athlete with a lot of courage, both on and off the playing field. He and 18 other students at the University of Virginia have joined the Living Wage Campaign and are on a hunger strike.... Posted Mar 3, 2012

More than 400 high school students, parents and activists from Pittsburgh, Reading, Chester, Philadelphia and other cities converged on Pennsylvania’s Capitol in Harrisburg to demand love for schools on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. ... Posted Feb 22, 2012

More than 200 students from across North Carolina poured into the town of Chapel Hill on Feb. 10 for a spirited demonstration against huge tuition hikes. The North Carolina Defend Education Coalition organized it.... Posted Feb 15, 2012

On Feb. 10, students from across the University of North Carolina system will mobilize in Chapel Hill to protest unprecedented tuition hikes planned for the 17 statewide institutions and to demand more of a voice at UNC Board of Governors meetings. ... Posted Feb 11, 2012

As the total student debt in the United States exceeds a trillion dollars, more than the total credit card debt, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (USA Today, Oct. 25), some financial analysts are pointing out that another bubble has been created — for borrowers. ... Posted Feb 2, 2012

Larry Hales is a member of the CUNY Mobilization Network. Hales was a leading organizer of last year’s March 4 student-worker action in New York and of the upcoming March 24 demonstration set to march from City Hall to Wall Street as the workday ends. Hales is also a member of Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST), a youth organization.... Posted Mar 23, 2011

At Hunter College women make up 70 percent of the student body — a trend that is being reproduced throughout the country, with more and more women attending college. This makes any struggle for education a women’s issue.... Posted Mar 23, 2011

Students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee are entering their fourth week of the occupation of their Arts building, protesting the proposed 90 percent cuts to the theater program, the attacks on public sector workers in Wisconsin, and all the proposed cuts to education and programs for workers.... Posted Mar 23, 2011

The very existence of public teachers and support staff across Los Angeles has been threatened over the past several months.... Posted Mar 23, 2011

Students from the Social Justice Academy in Hyde Park militantly marched on March 2, chanting, “SOS - Save our Schools!” SJA was one of 18 schools that Mayor Thomas Menino’s Boston School Committee voted to close last December... Posted Mar 10, 2011

On March 2 students and and their labor-community allies protested at Wayne State University as part of the National Day of Action to Defend Public Education.... Posted Mar 10, 2011

Students in high schools, colleges and universities throughout the U.S. walked out of classes, mainly on March 2, to help launch a month-long protest against cutbacks in public education, including the closing of schools and mass layoffs of teachers.... Posted Mar 10, 2011

The city of Providence, R.I., sent termination letters Feb. 23 to all of its 1,926 teachers.... Posted Mar 10, 2011

Young people from across the state confronted the North Carolina General Assembly when they convened their opening session on Jan. 26. The youth demanded, “Education is a right, not a privilege!”... Posted Feb 3, 2011

Excerpts from the Nov. 13 talk given at the Workers World Party national conference by Larry Hales, a founding member of Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST).... Posted Nov 18, 2010

Nearly 80 demonstrations in 25 states were organized on Oct. 7, the second National Day of Action to Defend Education, as thousands of students and workers took to the streets to fight back against the attacks on education being leveled across the country in the form of devastating budget cuts, tuition hikes and the growing threat of privatization.... Posted Oct 14, 2010

On Oct. 7 there will be a New York city-wide rally including students, educators, workers and community activists to defend public education at 4 p.m. at the Harlem State Office Building, followed by a march across Harlem, ending at the City College of New York.... Posted Sep 29, 2010

Capitalism has always been very fond of races — including the race to conquer, the race to exploit and the race to accumulate as much wealth as possible, all at the expense of the workers, the poor and the oppressed. The U.S. government’s recent unveiling of a new race in education, the “Race to the Top,” is part of the same corporate contest. Only this time, the survival of public education is on the line.... Posted Sep 12, 2010

More than 200 parents, students, teachers, school bus drivers, custodians and community activists came together to say “No!” to the Boston School Department and the city’s plans to gut public schools and return to racist segregated “neighborhood” schools.... Posted Jul 8, 2010

Playing by the rules and priorities of the capitalist profit system means surrender in one area of life after another when the workers, communities, students and youth are under attack. Whether it is the fight for jobs, the environment, housing, health care, or a decent retirement, the framework established by capitalism leaves no way but to give in to the rich.... Posted Jun 17, 2010

Capitalism is leaving tens of millions of workers without jobs. It is also abandoning millions of children to flounder in a chaotic education system, buffeted by school closings and teacher firings.... Posted Mar 18, 2010

A small, stalwart crowd rallied at the University of Alabama on March 4 in support of campus bus drivers fighting for their first union contract. A multinational group of protesters — including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and a U of A alumnae — defended education by supporting them. The rally was organized by Tuscaloosa Students for a Democratic Society and Students in Solidarity with Crimson Ride Shuttle Drivers.... Posted Mar 13, 2010

On March 4 more than 100 demonstrations were organized in 33 states against the devastating cuts, layoffs and tuition hikes as part of the National Day of Action to Defend Education, including campuses such as the University of Maryland and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.... Posted Mar 10, 2010

Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST) statement in solidarity with the March 4 national day of action in defense of education.... Posted Mar 4, 2010

The New York Governor’s Office has proposed a new budget that slashes education funding and reduces aid to local municipalities. State school aid will be cut by $1.1 billion. This amounts to a $469 million cut to New York City’s Department of Education. It is estimated that as many as 8,500 city teachers could be laid off as a result.... Posted Mar 3, 2010

On March 4 students and workers from all around the country will take action to defend education against increased privatization of pre-kindergarten through 12th grade schools, budget cuts, layoffs, furloughs and tuition increases at college and universities — especially the public institutions.... Posted Feb 24, 2010

On March 4, students and workers from all around the country will take action to defend education against increased privatization of K-12 schools and budget cuts, layoffs, furloughs and tuition increases at the college and university level—especially the public institutions.... Posted Dec 23, 2009

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