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Boston: Those Gutsy, Smart, Brave Students Who Beat Back the Budget Cutters

14 Mar

In Boston, thousands of students, grades 6 – 12 walked out of class and protested to save their community based, democratic public schools and keep the public school teachers they trust and respect. I think if you read this story, you will end up cheering like I did all by myself in my home office. These students show us what it really means to be an American and exercise their 1st Amendment rights.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Who do you think is really powerful? I will tell you: students and parents. When either group gets organized, they have real power. Consider the parents who opted out in New York: they made Governor Cuomo beat a fast retreat. No one knows how to stop them. No one can stop them.

And now there are the high school students in Boston. They organized a protest against massive budget cuts. They planned meticulously. And thousands of students walked out, ready with signs of protest. The students are fighting for what they need and deserve: a well-resourced education. This should be their right. They should have to fight for it. But they are fighting, and their voices are powerful.

Hours before more than 3,500 of their peers would march out of their classrooms toward Boston Common, a small group of high schoolers was glued to a group chat on their phones…

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Posted by on March 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

2 responses to “Boston: Those Gutsy, Smart, Brave Students Who Beat Back the Budget Cutters

  1. booklady

    March 14, 2016 at 13:44

    Lloyd,
    Hope Massachusetts is listening to those Boston students.
    I recently checked Newark Students Union posts to see their reaction to NPS lead/water. Learned they started “Send NSU to NPE 2016” GoFundMe page. You may recall from Diane Ravitch’s blog that Tanaisa Brown, then NSU VP, did an eloquent talk at NPE 2015 and the NSU students gifted Dr Ravitch w a selfie stick. Hope you’ll publicize their NPE fund-raising effort to your blog readers & via Twitter.
    All best from NJ

     
  2. booklady

    March 14, 2016 at 14:14

    Lloyd,
    I hope Massachusetts is listening to those Boston students.
    I recently checked Newark Students Union posts to learn their reaction to NPS lead/water. They have started a “Send NSU to NPE” GoFundMe page. You may recall from Diane Ravitch’s blog that Tanaisa Brown, then NSU VP, did an eloquent talk at NPE 2015 and the NSU students gifted Dr Ravitch w a selfie stick. Please help publicize their fund-raising efforts for NPE to your blog readers and via Twitter.
    All best from NJ.

     

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