Educators go ‘red for ed’ as they beseech Legislature for funds

Jun 19, 2019 by

Lansing — Thousands of Michigan educators rallied Tuesday outside the state Capitol, wearing “red for ed” as they called on the Republican-led Legislature to “fund our schools” and adopt Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget plan.

After eight years of full Republican control in state government, the annual rally doubled as a celebration of Whitmer, who took office in January. She was hailed by union leaders as a key ally in the battle against charter schools and privatization pushed by national GOP leaders like Betsy DeVos.

“It’s a new day in Lansing, and we have a fighter on our side who understands that we have to stop short-changing students and we have to invest in our future,” said David Hecker, president of the Michigan chapter of the American Federation of Teachers.

Whitmer spoke to loud applause as she touted her 2020 budget proposal and blamed the state’s anemic standardized testing scores on “failure in this building behind me, not because of our children.”

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