Georgia students plan rallies in Atlanta, Athens to protest education cuts

Good morning. Today is National Day of Action to Defend Education. In Atlanta, Georgia Students to Defend Public Education plan a 5 p.m. rally at Woodruff park downtown, followed by a march on the Capitol to protest budget cuts to education, tuition hikes, and teacher furloughs. Student activists plan to present state leaders with “report cards” on education. (I bet they don’t grade on a curve.)

In Athens, University of Georgia students plan a “celebration of education” on North Campus in front of the Administration Building. Sounds like half party/half protest: “This will involve music, signs, dancing, flyering, chanting, and other exciting stuff. Tell all your friends!”

For movement rhetoric, see the student organization’s website.

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Georgia Colleges is published and edited by Jonathan Grant, an Atlanta-based author whose works include the award-winning The Way It Was in the South: The Black Experience in Georgia (University of Georgia Press). He is currently developing a guidebook to Georgia colleges for parents, students, and educators.

Grant graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English. He is a former newspaper reporter, editor, and bureau chief with The Macon Telegraph and served as a Georgia state government spokesman for several years.

He lives in suburban Atlanta with his wife, Judy, and two children–a college freshman and a high school senior. Actively involved in community affairs, he has served as a PTA president, a local school council member, and as a soccer coach for twelve seasons.