K-12 rally at Capitol scheduled for June 19

The Save Michigan’s Public Schools network will hold a rally at the state Capitol in Lansing on June 19 to raise public awareness of the threats facing public education. MEA members are encouraged to attend.

The rally, scheduled for 11:30 a.m., will feature Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, Sen. Bert Johnson, D-Highland Park, and radio host Tony Trupiano, as well as students, parents, educators and other concerned citizens from across Michigan.

“We believe a free, quality public education is the cornerstone of a democratic society,” the group said in a flyer promoting the rally. “We believe every child in Michigan deserves access to equal and excellent educational opportunities through public education. We believe public education must be locally-controlled, fully-funded, delivered by highly qualified professional teachers, and devoid of corporate involvement.”

“To this end, we support policymakers and public officials who reject the corporate, profit-motivated takeover of public schools, massive school closures, and meaningless high-stakes testing. We support wise policies and laws that forward sound, research-based, evidence-based solutions to support and improve our existing public school system.”

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/SaveMIPublicSchools