Skip to comments.Wisconsin Students Planning School Walkout to Protest End of Collective Bargaining
Posted on 03/10/2011 1:10:29 PM PST by EBH
Thanks to a controversial legislative maneuver, Wisconsin's Republican Governor Scott Walker's plan to end collective bargaining for his public employees passed the state senate Wednesday night. Now, in a stunning show of solidarity with their teacherswho, as union members, now have no bargaining rightsWisconsin's high school students are planning a grassroots school walkout, and they want to take their protest national.
Wisconsin Students in Solidarity is asking for the nationwide walkout to happen this Friday, March 11, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. local time. Less than 12 hours after being formed, the Facebook event, Nationwide Student Walkout, has almost 2,000 "attendees" from across the country and student-led copycat groups and events are springing up on the social media hub.
In an email, the coordinator Jesse Banks, a senior at Wisconsin's Madison East High School said the group is calling for national participation
not only to send a unified student message in support of teachers and schools, but again to use this as an opportunity to educate students around the nation on the attacks on public education that are occurring in Wisconsin. There are students everywhere who care about these issues and we want to encourage them to make their voices heard, to get active and get involved.
Banks said the Wisconsin protests have had a "strong high school presence" over the past several weeks. Apparently, the idea for the walkout "came out of an entirely student-run meeting." Given the enormity of the decision made by the Wisconsin legislature, the students, "wanted to do something that added visibility to how the attacks on unions and schools are harmful to kids."
Banks acknowledged that some student participants "will be better informed than others, just as some adults are better informed than others." To make the walkout educational, the students are also holding a teach-in on the Library Mall in downtown Madison to discuss the "effects of collective bargaining elimination on public education, as well as the proposed education cuts in the Biennial Budget."
With these student-led protest efforts underway, it's a little harder to make the case that teens are apathetic and don't care about social issues. Whether you agree with their decision to walkout or not, this is democracy and free speech in action.
photo via Steve Alfaro/Wisconsin Students in Solidarity Facebook Page
Yes, I am placing this squarely in the laps of parents...
Do you know where your children are? It is time to discuss 'real life' with them and burst the socialist dream and brainwashing?
What type of walkout starts at 2pm? School is practically over for the week. LOL.
They didn’t end collective bargaining. The compromise measure allow them to bargain for wages.
“as union members, now have no bargaining rights”
Isn’t this a lie????
I thought it left collective bargaining in place for salaries, no?
Man, it would be nice if all my UD students took the day off.
Plan a major test late in the afternoon. No makeups allowed.
Probably not ~ this is Wisconsin anyway. it’s cold, wet, snowy, nasty out there ~ they are going to walk around in it then drink hot chocolate while their mommies come down to the basement to dry them off with big fluffly towels.
Making good little socialists out of them.
Well if this actually does happen, it will be a handful of students. They don’t care about Wisconsin and it’s an excuse to get out of school.Nothing more, this is weak.
Parents will turn a blind eye and attribute this as a “learning experience” in civics. They don’t want to be responsible for their kids from 8-5 because they work and have been trained to believe that the public school system takes over these hours.
Keep telling the lie until they belive it.
I bet you like some of them. I wouldn’t be a bother. Your books are on my “to-read” list and I enjoy your spots on FNC.
I put her in Catholic school and my next two kids went "Catholic", too. Never regretted it for a moment!!
It’s the Unions through the teachers that are pushing the students to do this.
Wonder how much ‘extra credit’ they are getting for those grades....
Who cares if the brainwashed students walk out. Let ‘em. Maybe its better - enroll them in an educational program that actually teaches them about the freedoms and values our country was founded on.
A nation gone mad.
Get your collective asses back in class!!!
Can’t walk out before they get their free school lunch...
...you can't fix stupid.....
...but, most of them will straighten out when the grow up and get into the real world..
...some of them will never learn ANYTHING and we will be stuck with their stupidity for a long time.
14 or fight. Stupid mantra from a laughable drive-in exploitation film.
Maybe someone should discuss with them the corruption and "sweetheart deals" like the health insurance company owned by the union, how much it's costing the taxpayers, and what it's going to do to their state's budgets and future tax burden if it's allowed to continue.
A controversial legislative maneuver would be leaving the state to avoid a quorum, or Pelosi's "deeming" or unaccountable voice votes. All that happened here is that the senators present in session passed a bill with a simple majority. How is that a "legislative maneuver"?
I don’t understand why should the stupid students care? This collective bargaining doesn’t affect them! It affects the teachers.
Pawns in a fight for selfishness. Parents should be besides themselves. Isn’t it enough when the parents are held hostage with the yearly school budget where the children are sent home to tell the parents if you dont vote yes for this budget they will cancel sports, music or Ill have to be driven to school because there will be no buses. How about the many times the budget is voted down and they continue to call for a vote unitl they wear you down and smaller and smaller crowds show up to vote and they get their way. I think it’s time for the parents to be parents!
They’d REALLY protest their government if they knew that the adults in charge are writing checks the kids are going to have to PAY for the rest of their lives (working until their 80s).
Tell the little brats that if they don’t end collective bargaining, they won’t be getting an allowance anymore. Or those cool shoes and clothes they love so well. Because it’ll all be going to pay for the teachers excessive benefits.
I have 3 kids at UW Madison. I guess I raised them right, or maybe they are sensitive to the fact that I pay out of state tuition. They think the students who cheer for this are, as Lenin used to say, “useful idiots.”
I would unleash all sorts of parental hell on my kids were they dumb enough to do this.
Every single high schooler who “walks out” should be expelled from school. Period. No questions asked.
When I was a kid. The very last thing I would have ever done is protest my teacher not being able to collectivly bargain. What a bunch of Saps.
Students in Solidarity With Wisconsin and the Midwest
This group is for the High-School and College students of Michigan and beyond who stand in solidarity with our colleagues in Wisconsin. While most of the media attention centers around Wisconsin, trouble is brewing in Michigan. Governor Snyder has proposed cuts to the education budget which would SEVERELY limit the effectiveness and success of Michigan Public schools. What the Governor does not seem to realize is that a short term cut in education to finance the deficit and to allow the “growth” of business through tax breaks (giving corporations profit) will result in a long term disaster. A dysfunctional school system would trap millions of middle and lower class students in low-paying, low-thinking jobs, or no jobs. We stand with Wisconsin now so that others will stand with us later.
Wisconsin Students in Solidarity
As high school students, the Republican attacks on public education have a profound effect on us and our peers. Wisconsin Students in Solidarity is a statewide coalition, the goals of which are:
Outreach—To build a strong and cohesive network of high school students across the state.
Education—To make our voices heard regarding our unique perspective on these issues, both to adults and to our fellow students.
Action—To do whatever we can to support the people of Wisconsin, and to put our support behind candidates responsive to our interest in these issues.
A 2:00 Pm walk out is beyond the cutoff for funding based upon student attendance. It is considered a full school day and the kids won’t have to make it up and the state will be billed for full attendance.
There is a teacher or administrator in the background coaching them.
So how many make-up days for Wisconsin students factoring in the weather and rioting? School may not be out for summer.
Maybe some TEA party patriots could show up and hand them copies of The 5,000 Year Leap, read The Money Speech from Ayn Rand. Indeed make the walkout educational. Provide them with the bill they are incurring for every man, woman, and child in the future!
All the youts would have to do is to get the friggin rap noise out of their ears for a minute or two and they too would know.
Enough of this crap. The guilty enablers must be held accountable.
February federal budget deficit sets record
“We reject anyone who tells us America is broke and broken”- Michael Moore in Wisconsin this past weekend .
An open letter from the Students of Wisconsin:
As students, the cuts to state education funding in Governor Scott Walkers Biennial Budgetas well as the loss of collective bargaining for teacherswill have an immediate and devastating effect on our educational experience, and as such we have a unique perspective on these issues. Students across the state have been involved in the movement in protest of Governor Walkers agenda since momentum began to build, and we as an affected demographic will not sit quietly or disengage ourselves from these issues. We hold the following:
1. That a strong public education system is not only our right as young people, but is vital to the success of the democratic process.
2. That the reforms proposed by Governor Walker and Republicans in the state government are an outright attack on the solvency and quality of the education system. Not only is competitive compensation required to promote a strong teacher pool in this state, but the working conditions that teachers will not be able to negotiate are the conditions that shape our learning environment. Furthermore, the cuts in categorical aid to school programs, and prohibitions against tax increases at the local level that would help ease the damage of these cuts, are unacceptable.
3. That the importance of balancing the state budget should not outweigh the importance of the programs that the state provides. We understand the need of a financially solvent government, but object that the budget debate has been framed in such a way as to eliminate carefully implemented, graduated income tax increases from the discussion completely.
In an effort to balance the importance of education with that of having our voices heard, we will walk out of class this Friday, March 11th before our last period of the day. We call for students all across the country to do the same and to take this opportunity to discuss not only the events in Wisconsin but the future of public education as a whole.
Senior at Madison East High School
Coordinator, Wisconsin Youth in Solidarity
Junior at George D. Warriner High School
For more information about Wisconsin Students in Solidarity, please visit their website at www.HeyScottWalker.com.
Moore and the Left, know they can’t even BS college students anymore with their jive talking “fight the Man” crap, so now they’re trying to get HS students to be their shock troops...Whats next? Another round of “Childrens Marches”?
DemoLefties have no shame.
These idiot students don't even understand what is at issue. Te idea of public employees having bargaining units is ridiculous on its face.
When an private employer sits down with its employees (or representatives), there are 2 entities at the table.
When a public sector employer sits down with its employees, there are three entities. But the third, and most important, entity -- the taxpayer -- is not at the table.
When I was a kid, we didn't like teachers that much because we were kids and they were *real* teachers, didn't take any crap from us and taught......That was 50+ years ago.
Now we have *grownup* whining school kids with no real world experience *not* really teaching school kids.
The LeftiMobsters have to go even younger and more clueless to find anybody that will fall for their lies and rabblerousing bandwagonism.
Most students are ok. But it’s getting to be a grind. They are virtually without a sense of humor.
If my child was cavalierly volunteering ME for increased taxes, she would be in a world of hurt.
I’m so thankful for my intelligent conservative children.
Let them walk out; let them get busted for the mayhem they will no doubt create, and let them stew in a couple of overcrowded holding cells. A dose of reality might wake them up.
BS - and here is the REAL deal:
Wisconsin Students in Solidarity
And guess who's "community organizing" this is the product of... Drum roll... UNIONS. They dreamed this up, and now are trying to sucker students into playing their game.
Again - the illustration of Hitler's Brownshirts comes to mind... or should we make that "Obama's Brownshirts"?
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