Thursday, October 7 · 12:30pm – 1:30pm in Library Mall on the UW Campus there will be a rally to defend public education. This is part of a national effort to combat reduced governmental investments in education at all levels, from pre-kindergarten through grad school.
As the press release says:
Rally organizers call for making public education a top funding priority in Wisconsin, so that every child has access to a high-quality public education from kindergarten through college. Since an educated population spurs the economy and benefits all state residents, they also call for reforming the tax system so that everyone pays their fair share, including the wealthy and large corporations operating in Wisconsin. Increasing access to higher education for underrepresented groups and ensuring fair and competitive pay for academic workers are also top priorities.
Here is the list of speakers:
- Ben Manski, Coordinator, Democratizing Education Network
- Mike Bell, UW-Madison faculty member (Sociology)
- Thomas J. Mertz, Board Member, Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools
- Mindy Preston, UW-Madison undergraduate student (Computer Sciences; Classical Humanities)
- Kevin Gibbons, UW-Madison graduate student (Environmental Studies); Co-President of the Teaching Assistants’ Association
- Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, UW-Madison graduate student (Sociology); member of the International Socialist Organization
- Mark Thomas, Steward, AFSCME Local #171
I’ll be speaking on K-12 and pushing Penny for Kids. I could use some help collecting signatures on the Penny petition. Contact me if you are willing and able.
Strong public education is the best means we have of moving toward a better future. Join us to make sure that message comes through loud and clear.
Thomas J. Mertz