Students at CUNY’s Medgar Evers College hit the streets to demand input in university governance. (Credit: CSOME)
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1. Chicago Board of Education Disrupts Peaceful Student Speak-Out
In June, Chicago Public Schools introduced a new per-pupil funding new system in which school budgets will be cut between $200,000 and $4 million. As a response to the massive budget cuts, Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools took action at the June 26 Board of Education meeting. At the end of the two-minute speech, students stood up one by one to speak out against the board. Students were escorted away from the meeting by security guards as audience members chanted in support. CSOSOS is expecting to take a similar action during the next board meeting on July 24.
—Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools
2. CUNY Students Rise Up Against Medgar Evers Takeover
The Medgar Evers College Student Movement originated out of students’ frustration over three years of administrative and fiscal mismanagement. Under President William Pollard, retention declined by 600 students, course options were drastically reduced and class sizes doubled. After a 300-strong walk-outin October and a January letter to Governor Cuomo and Brooklyn elected officials, Pollard resigned. Since then, students have met with elected officials and civil rights activists, ranging from Harry Belafonte to 1199 Purple Gold, to build support for shared governance. In April, CSOME demanded that all twenty-three student representatives remain on the college governance plan—which CUNY leadership unilaterally scrapped. Over the summer, students are campaigning to get 6,000 signatures in support of democracy at Medgar Evers.