On Wednesday February 17, over 900 schools in 30 cities walked in for public education. Educators, parents, students, and community leaders came together to show unity around local issues and in support of the national campaign for “the schools all our children deserve”. These coalitions rallied together to highlight their neighborhood schools, take a stand against high stakes testing, fight against takeovers, celebrate community schools, show solidarity for schools under attack, and call for fair funding.
NEA Vice President, Becky Pringle joined the New Jersey Education Association and the Patterson Education Association for two school walk ins with 150 participants. “We won’t allow our public schools to be underfunded, overtested, and overlooked” she declared.
NEA state and local affiliates in more than 20 cities walked in, including Milwaukee, San Diego, Racine, Green Bay, La Crosse, Seattle, Atlanta, Patterson, Hazelwood, Kalamazoo, Los Angeles, St Paul, Fort Collins, Pueblo, Denver, Grand Junction, West Orange, Ringwood, Tomah, and Austin.