by Colleen Flaherty/Photo by Loudoun County Day of Action
As teachers and education support professionals advocated for their students on Capitol Hill, educators, parents and community members across 19 states participated in various actions last week in support of public education as part of the Raise Your Hand for Education campaign to amplify educator voices.
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After Oklahoma kicked things off with a historic 25,000-strong rally at the state Capitol on Monday, several other states followed:
- In Tallahassee, Fla., educators, students and activists gathered in the Capitol to lobby for establishing tuition equity for students, ensuring workers have an effective mechanism to recover stolen wages and raising the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.
- In Prince William County, Va., there was a rally and grade-in. Participants wore “Class Size Matters” t-shirts, held signs, circulated petitions, distributed fliers and stood up for the future of their classrooms. Many brought their grading and paperwork and extended their already-long work day in order to support students while advocating for them.
- In Nashville, Tenn., educators gathered at the Capitol to advocate for reversing the decision to tie licensure to test scores, to share the impact of testing on students and teachers and to advocate for raises.
- In Vancouver, Wash., 60 educators attended a town hall to discuss how Common Core State Standards implementation is going at their schools. Participants also wrote postcards to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about what they need to implement the CCSS effectively.
- In Osceola, Fla., educators met for a town hall meeting where 40 educators called their legislators about fair testing for their students.
- In Loudoun County, Va., educators and community members held a rally at a Board of Supervisors meeting to fully fund schools.
- In Jackson, Miss., there was a community forum with parents, community partners and educators to discuss the need for course correction on Common Core, take steps to support student and educator success, and raise awareness of what full funding and resources for public school would mean to parents, students, and educators.
And check out some of the 1,832 tweets around Raise Your Hand using the #RYH4Ed hashtag: