In case you were wondering, Matt Damon is busy this weekend. If all goes according to rumor, he'll be in at the Save Our Schools event in Washington, D.C., with thousands of teachers, students, advocates, award-winning educators, notable public officials, extraordinary writers and regular joes who desperately want to ensure that American youth have access to the education they deserve. So while Matt might not be free for coffee or an "Oceans 14" get-together, rest assured, it's with good reason.
You've been active in figuring out ways to make college more affordable, but what about supporting strong school systems that make higher education possible in the first place? You've already told us what your education goals are (shout out to Brittney Warner!)--now we want to know: Will you make moves to help public education thrive? (It's never too soon to start gearing up for Give Kids Good Schools Week. Hint, hint.)
The Save Our Schools call to action includes a huge march on Sunday, defending its mission to "put children back at the center of schooling, to make funding equitable for all public schools, to eliminate high-stakes testing used only for evaluating teachers and schools, and to include teachers, families and communities in policy decisions that affect our schools."
Concerns keep escalating as Washington makes major decisions about how to trim the national deficit, and whether that will involve slashing federal funding for education, but the Save Our Schools March and campaigns like it help to bring perspective back to the people. Nuances of how the government divvies up funds and shapes education policy are complex, but most people across parties can agree: Something's got to give. What will you do about it?