Published On: May 20, 2017

—For Saturday, May 20, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.—

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On behalf of the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance (MEJA) 

Thousands to Rally for Public Education at Boston Common

Parents, educators, and students join together against the assault on public education, call for well-funded schools and debt-free public college

BOSTON—On Saturday, May 20, thousands of Massachusetts parents, educators, and students will rally at Boston Common to defend public education. Rally-goers will call for full funding for public education, pre-K through college, debt-free public higher education, less testing and more learning, and equitable access to quality education for all students.

Last year, Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly rejected Question 2 that would have drained hundreds of millions of dollars from our public schools. The message was clear: Bay State families want well-funded, quality public schools for all, not the privatization that rich special interests advocated.

Now, parents, students, and educators are standing together again to resist the unprecedented assault on public education from Trump, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and Governor Charlie Baker. Since the November election, hundreds of thousands have marched in Boston and across the state, from the Women’s March to rallies against the failed Muslim ban and Trump’s anti-science agenda. On May 20, the Rally for Public Education will continue this movement bringing its values to the fight for well-funded public schools in every community and debt-free public college for every student.

Massachusetts is consistently rated among the top states in the nation for public education. Still, years of uneven investment and underinvestment have meant the promise of great public schools for all Massachusetts children has remained out of reach. Bay State families are calling for the public schools and colleges all communities deserve.

WHO:  Thousands of Parents, Students, and Educators

WHAT:  Rally for Public Education

WHEN:  Saturday, May 20, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Boston Common @ Beacon & Charles St.

NOTE:  Contact us for education leader interview availability and broadcast opportunities this week. For a full list of bus departures with local interview availability on May 20, visit:

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The Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance (MEJA) is a coalition of parents, students, educators, and community and labor allies fighting to protect and improve public education in Massachusetts. 

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