Teachers at all levels in the country are rallying to fight back against the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to public education.
A day after a Trump administration official said that $50 billion would be cut from the education department, educators on social media began posting videos of themselves marching in solidarity with teachers at school and in classrooms across the country.
“The President is making a lot of money off of the backs of our children,” said Liz Givens, a teacher from Los Angeles, in a video uploaded by Teach All America.
“The teachers are marching on the White House.”
“We are not going to sit by and watch the American people starve, but we are not leaving school until we have a teacher in the White Senate,” said one video posted by a New York City teacher.
“That is what this country needs.”
The march began in the heart of New York, with a group of teachers rallying in front of the White Tower.
In New York’s Central Park, a group led by New York State teachers joined a rally in front a high school in the Bronx.
In Washington, D.C., a group marched in front to the White Castle in front the White Capitol Building.
In Boston, a crowd of about 1,500 students, teachers, and students marched in a rally outside the White U.S. Capitol.
“If you see a teacher, tell them to stand,” said the Boston Teachers Union president, John Delaney.
“If you can’t do that, go talk to your school.”
The teachers’ union is calling on the Senate to act on the president’s budget proposal.
It’s the first sign of support from the nation’s teachers union, which is often critical of Trump.
In a statement, the teachers union said: “This is an unprecedented level of disruption and we’re asking for the Senate, the Congress, and the Administration to act immediately to stop the cuts to education.
If they don’t, we will take the fight to the streets.
Our goal is not only to ensure that the people of this country know what they’re getting for their tax dollars, but also to fight for an America that works for everyone.”