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Students mobilize for national day of action for education rights

By Kelly O'Brien |
February 29, 2012
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Minneapolis, MN - Across the country, student activists are promoting a national day of action for education rights on March 1. While administrators make six figure salaries and receive bonus payouts, students’ tuition and fees are rising to unprecedented heights and staff and faculty continue to be laid off. Students are paying more for fewer services and less education. Students, staff and faculty nationwide are uniting for transparency in administration and spending and the right to an affordable education.

Anna Egelhoff, a student at the University of Minnesota and member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) says, “It's time that students speak their mind against inaccessible education and rising tuition. As students paying our way through college, we have the right to demand affordable education. Our tuition should be used for the students, not administrators who get paid so much already.”

Protests and rallies are planned for cities nationwide. A partial list includes New York City, Oakland, San Francisco, Houston, Washington D.C., Boston, Seattle, Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Minneapolis.

Here at the University of Minnesota, students will rally outside of Morrill Hall, the administration building, at 12:00 noon on March 1. The rally will feature faculty, staff and student (both graduate and undergraduate) speakers, followed by a march. This event was initiated by SDS and endorsed by Women’s Student Activist Collective, AFSCME Local 3800 and La Raza student cultural center.