Florida youth occupy the state capitol. (Dream Defenders/Diana Moreno.)
1. At Indiana, the Strike Waters Heat Up
A second mass assembly for the Indiana University strike convened on March 21. Graduate students, along with instructors involved in the Progressive Faculty and Staff Caucus, are organizing interdisciplinary and unconventional learning activities for a Free University at the Woodburn Hall and Showalter Fountain Strike Center, intended to be an open occupation throughout the strike. Though the strike movement has made a serious attempt to reach out to campus workers and staff, the fear of administrative reprisal and possible termination has kept many from participating. On April 9, there will be a mass assembly to organize pickets, the 10th a concert in Dunn Meadow, and on the 11th and 12th, the strike.
—IU Strike, Writing Working Group
2. In Colorado, Standardized Testers Walk Out
Over the past few weeks, we, the students in Colorado, have been holding citywide meetings to discuss our education and what needs to improve. One thing that we all agreed needs to change is our curriculum. Over the past few years, our schools have had to teach to one test, the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program, and some of our schools have closed due to low-test scores. We want an education where our schools have the goal to teach to the whole child. We want to show our state legislature, the media and the citizens of Colorado our demand to be part of the conversation to change our schools. To do this, we made a public stance in front of the capitol: forty students from eight different schools walked out on the last day of testing to show that we believe these tests are not preparing us for the real world. This weekend, students from across the state of Colorado had a retreat to figure out what to do next to improve our education.