Students were the headlines

My tweets and RTs (not all, of course) from inside the State House during #BPSwalkout, happening while I was in Gardner Auditorium for the public hearing before Joint Committee on Education (testified against the charter cap lift, H.3928). Mostly pictures, especially as the walkout hit its stride.


  1. Public education advocates were in good company in the Gardner Auditorium at the State House this past Monday, March 7. The Joint Committee on Education held a public hearing on seven bills, including two in response to ballot initiatives (the charter cap lift and repeal of Common Core), one on summer learning, one on mental health education in high schools, and three others. I'd prepared testimony in opposition to the charter cap lift (written and oral). News cameras in Gardner, reporters getting interviews with Mayor Walsh and Councillor Tito Jackson before they came forward to give their testimony on the charter cap lift.
  2. I had thought I would do a bunch of tweeting on the Committee's proceedings, but I soon lost focus - and for quite some time - due to the compelling BPS student walkout happening on twitter!
  3. I had caught wind of the protest as it was developing over the weekend (twitter). Parents shared their excitement that their kids were taking civic responsibility on their own terms, planning the event in order to speak out about the $50M in proposed cuts to their schools.