Yesterday Friday June 26, 2014 teachers set out on the streets of Seattle for a protest. Teachers are concerned that the school system is under attack by more wealthy organizations and individuals. Not happy with the idea of standardized test scores being pushed and at-risk youth being denied rich and holistic school experiences, teachers decided to take action. A group of teachers who call themselves BadAss Teachers (BATs) of Washington, along with supporters and allies, organized a protest which took place yesterday.
The main focus of this rally was to protest The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They called it "an initial step in the movement to reclaim public schools from corporate interests." They would also like to broaden and deepen public awareness on what is happening. The BATs are not at all happy with the approach this foundation has taken. Some of the things teachers are upset about include an increased amount of testing and using computers in place of teachers. They also feel publishing companies are benefiting more from the new standards more than children, thus profiting, when basic education could be funded.
The rally started at Westlake Park in Seattle and the protesters marched to The Gates Foundation (also located in Seattle). Protesters gathered together chanting things like "Hey Gates, go away. Public schools are here to stay!" and "Education is a right, not just for the rich and white." Videos were streamed live at School House Live
To view some of the footage from the protest, click on the following links.