Faculty and staff in public education are sick of seeing more students struggle in school as politicians demand more budget-cuts and more time for testing instead of teaching. It's like having to sweep up behind one shock-wave after another, while being blamed for them. But instead of feeling powerless, educators from Mexico, Canada and the U.S. are coming to Chicago in May to strategize about the next steps in their mutual defense of public education.
From Oaxaca up to Chicago to Quebec, budget cuts to schools and colleges left fewer teachers and staff serving more students with fewer resources, for less pay. Meanwhile, private companies got more public money to run charter schools, give standardized tests, and sell online programs.
People fought back --
From May 9 to 11, 2014 they will be at the Trinational Coalition to Defend Education semi-annual gathering, hosted this time by the Chicago Teachers Union. People are learning that they face the same political attacks, often led by the same groups like the Pearson company and the Gates Foundation. It's time to develop a more united strategy of resistance!
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