WI Public Education Is a Civil Right March & Rally - Sept. 21

By Tom Beebe, Opportunity to Learn – Wisconsin

If you support Wisconsin's outstanding public schools, Milwaukee is the place to be on Saturday, Sept. 21. Students, parents, active and retired educators and school administrators, clergy, civil rights groups and community leaders will be hosting the second "Public Education is A Civil Right March and Rally." Now is the time to stand up for the public schools and children in every corner of Wisconsin!

Marchers will assemble at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts, 2300 West Highland Avenue at 11 a.m. and head out across the 16th Street Bridge to Forest Home Avenue School, 1516 West Forest Home Avenue. A rally will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Forest Home to proclaim the civil right of every child to a world-class public education. Visit our Facebook page to connect with other Milwaukee organizers.

March participants and rally speakers will showcase aspects of quality public education that students have lost or risk losing from massive cuts in public school spending since 2011. Organizers are demanding that officials:

  • Fully fund public schools to provide a world-class education for every student in Wisconsin's public schools.
  • Keep locally elected school board members and a strong taxpayer voice in school governance.
  • Stop the move to for-profit schools and privatization of public education.
  • Hold all schools that receive public tax dollars, including voucher schools, accountable to the law, taxpayers, parents, and children.
  • Require quality physical infrastructure for all schools throughout Wisconsin.

The march and rally will include school drum lines, sports teams, walking art shows, award-winning students, and teachers. Don't be shy – contact the event organizers and get your school or organization involved! Use your imagination and stand up for quality public education.

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be available for purchase from food trucks at the end of the march. Organizers will provide water along the route. Transportation will also be available for those who cannot walk the entire three-mile march route.

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Organizers of the Milwaukee event are looking for support, but they are also more than willing to lend a hand to organizers around the state who want to host their own events. You can contacts former Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) principal Richard Cohn, at 414-659-2713 and MPS board director Dr. Tatiana Joseph, at 414-881-3487. The Institute for Wisconsin’s Future will also do what it can to help you plan a local event, and you can contact Tom Beebe at [email protected]

Sponsors of the march include Parents for Public Schools-Milwaukee; Opportunity to Learn-Wisconsin; Women Committed to an Informed Community; the Wisconsin Alliance of Excellent Schools; teachers’ unions from Milwaukee, Racine, and surrounding communities; NAACP, Voces de la Frontera; the Institute for Wisconsin's Future; MICAH; members of the MPS Board of School Directors and other school boards; labor unions; and dozens of other organizations, elected officials and community leaders.

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