Remember that in Americas colony during back to school season; teachers, professors, & students are having to fight for the right to public education and for delivery in hard earned victories for public sector employees.
As the United States imposed Junta, and the Colony Governor has closed nearly 300 public schools across the island, proposed to total around 450 over the course of 2 years. And is on path to close a large majority of the public universities while also raising the cost per credit for tuition at the ones that survive. Slashing pensions, pay, benefits, and rights for teachers. Special programs for students were also on the chopping block, disproportionately affecting kids with IEP's and the arts.
Public schools aren't getting funding to rebuild and reopen and perfectly good school buildings across the island are shut down and ignored so that they can hand over education to the charter schools.
On par with typical shock doctrine strategy, after the criminal roll out of austerity on every aspect of Public Education, the first charter school on the island was announced to be in Rio Piedres today. Even though they claim the reason for the closure of so many public schools was a drop in attendance.
As always the people of Puerto Rico are fighting back. In defense of public education and against the privatization, they have called for a strike and protest in San Juan on Wednesday, August 15th. "The Department of education, the state and the courts have closed the doors to teachers and school communities. The only space we have left to claim justice and demand reparation for grievances is the street and in the struggle. This Wednesday August 15th there are no classes." Please follow the Federación de Maestros de Puerto Rico and support the teachers, students, and island through this time. Uplift their struggle and do it justice by raising the alarm from where you are in the states. This is our federal government's undemocrtic Junta and 120 years of colonization that allows these crimes against Puerto Rican's to continue to be committed.
Puerto Rico en la lucha. #SeAcabaronLasPromesas #ChingaLaJunta