Teachers Across the Nation Set to March Against Trump’s Education Budget

By Madeline Will — July 21, 2017 2 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Hundreds, if not thousands, of teachers will be demonstrating in Washington this Saturday as part of a nationwide demonstration to show support for public schools—and their disavowal of Trump’s education budget.

In D.C., the March for Public Education will start at the Washington Monument and end at the U.S. Department of Education. National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García, among others, including American Federation of Teachers’ executive vice president, Mary Cathryn Ricker, will be speaking.

The march supports a wide-ranging list of issues: a “whole-child” approach to education; finding a solution to the student debt crisis; making sure schools are safe, inclusive spaces; preserving education funding; and opposing the expansion of school choice initiatives. According to the Washington Post, organizers expect several thousand protesters in the District of Columbia. There are also at least 12 other sister marches happening across the country, including in Detroit, Miami, Charlotte, N.C., and Laguna Beach, Calif.

The march comes on the tail end of a week of teacher advocacy in Washington. On Wednesday, many educators went to the Capitol to lobby for education funding. Then on Thursday, the American Federation of Teachers’ Teach conference kicked off, with president Randi Weingarten giving an impassioned speech against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ school choice policies.

Also this week, the House education budget moved forward, with a $2.4-billion cut from the Education Department’s budget—less than the $9.2 billion reduction proposed by President Donald Trump. The House budget eliminates the $2 billion Title II program that covers teacher training, as well as class-size reductions.

The House budget does not include the two big school choice investments Trump and DeVos made in their budget proposal, though: a $1 billion public school choice program under Title I, and a $250 million private school voucher program.

March organizers told the Washington Post they were inspired to organize this rally after attending the Women’s March on Jan. 21. “We’re educators that care about our profession, and we’ve just felt that public education is under threat,” one told the Post.

Temperatures in Washington on Saturday will reach 94 degrees, with 70 percent humidity. One supporter wrote on Facebook, “It does not reflect well on our judgment to march in the middle of the day during a heat advisory, but if it will promote equity for our schools, strengthen our teacher unions, and put the heat on [Betsy] DeVos and privateers of the Trump administration, then I will march to hell and back with the rest of the brave but foolish educators!”

Image by Flickr user m01229, licensed under Creative Commons

A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.

Commenting has been disabled on effective Sept. 8. Please visit our FAQ section for more details. To get in touch with us visit our contact page, follow us on social media, or submit a Letter to the Editor.


This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Teaching Webinar
6 Key Trends in Teaching and Learning
As we enter the third school year affected by the pandemic—and a return to the classroom for many—we come better prepared, but questions remain. How will the last year impact teaching and learning this school
Content provided by Instructure
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Student Well-Being Webinar
Attendance Awareness Month: The Research Behind Effective Interventions
More than a year has passed since American schools were abruptly closed to halt the spread of COVID-19. Many children have been out of regular school for most, or even all, of that time. Some
Content provided by AllHere
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
School & District Management Webinar
Ensuring Continuity of Learning: How to Prepare for the Next Disruption
Across the country, K-12 schools and districts are, again, considering how to ensure effective continuity of learning in the face of emerging COVID variants, politicized debates, and more. Learn from Alexandria City Public Schools superintendent
Content provided by Class

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Schools Get the Brunt of Latest COVID Wave in South Carolina
In the past few weeks, South Carolina has set records for COVID-19 hospitalizations and new cases have approached peak levels of last winter.
4 min read
Two Camden Elementary School students in masks listen as South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster talks about steps the school is taking to fight COVID-19, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, in Camden, S.C. McMaster has adamantly and repeatedly come out against requiring masks in schools even as the average number of daily COVID-19 cases in the state has risen since early June. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)
Education More States Are Requiring Schools to Teach Native American History and Culture
Advocates say their efforts have gained some momentum with the nation’s reckoning over racial injustice since the killing of George Floyd.
3 min read
A dancer participates in an intertribal dance at Schemitzun on the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation in Mashantucket, Conn., Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. Connecticut and a handful of other states have recently decided to mandate students be taught about Native American culture and history. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Education Judge's Temporary Order Allows Iowa Schools to Mandate Masks
A federal judge ordered the state to immediately halt enforcement of a law that prevents school boards from ordering masks to be worn.
4 min read
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks to reporters following a news conference, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in West Des Moines, Iowa. Reynolds lashed out at President Joe Biden Thursday after he ordered his education secretary to explore possible legal action against states that have blocked school mask mandates and other public health measures meant to protect students against COVID-19. Reynolds, a Republican, has signed a bill into law that prohibits school officials from requiring masks, raising concerns as delta variant virus cases climb across the state and schools resume classes soon. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Education Hurricane Ida Deals New Blow to Louisiana Schools Struggling to Reopen
The opening of the school year offered teachers a chance to fully assess the pandemic's effects, only to have students forced out again.
8 min read
Six-year-old Mary-Louise Lacobon sits on a fallen tree beside the remnants of her family's home destroyed by Hurricane Ida, in Dulac, La., on Sept. 4, 2021. Louisiana students, who were back in class after a year and a half of COVID-19 disruptions kept many of them at home, are now missing school again after Hurricane Ida. A quarter-million public school students statewide have no school to report to, though top educators are promising a return is, at most, weeks away, not months.
Six-year-old Mary-Louise Lacobon sits on a fallen tree beside the remnants of her family's home destroyed by Hurricane Ida, in Dulac, La., on Sept. 4, 2021.
John Locher/AP