Thousands of educators, parents and students demand action during AROS walk-ins

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By David Sheridan

Thursday morning last week, at more than 2,000 public schools in 238 communities across the nation, tens of thousands of public education supporters walked into their public schools together. Their focus was on what our kids need to succeed—less testing and more teaching, more investment in neighborhood public schools and less in charters.

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Michelle Gushen, a high school teacher in Flint, Michigan who participated in the Walk-In, spoke for many when she said: “Public schools have been denigrated for so long and this was a clear opportunity to LOVE our public schools and announce that our kids matter. Our teachers and administrators matter. Our community matters.”

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When one of Gushen’s students was asked how he felt about the Walk-In, he said, “I feel like I’m seen.”

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This was the third national Walk-In in 2016, and each one has been bigger than the last. The Walk-Ins are organized by the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools and its partners which include NEA and AFT.

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