Teachers at Galileo Academy of Science and Technology took part in a national day of action on January 19th to protest President Trump’s election as well as President Trump’s pick for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos. Before school began, teachers at Galileo, along with other UESF (United Educators of San Francisco) member & San Francisco Board of Supervisor Aaron Peskin stood in front of the school linking arms and holding signs to show support of students that no matter what their immigration status or where they’re from. Galileo was one of many school around the district that held these types of gatherings that was organized by the groups, The Alliance to Reclaim our Schools.
“We wanted the students and their parents to know that the world outside can be crazy and full of changes and all the fears and changes students go through and have we want the students to know that we support them and are here for them,” said Social Studies teacher Mr. Cossey, who participated in the protest. Mr. Curtin added, “I believe that it’s important to put your money where your mouth is. If you believe in something strong, you need to be willing to fight for what you believe.”
Other educators chose to participate in this protest to stand up against the threats President Trump and Betsy DeVos are making against public schools, as Ms. DeVos has plans for taking taxpayers money away from public schools & giving a significant amount of money to private schools. “We went out there to show the students that teachers really have their best interest and we really support them and to show our displeasure about the nomination of Betsy DeVos” said Math teacher Ms. Juan. Galileo Nurse Kitchell added, “I firmly believe that public education is a civil right and that any threat towards public education is something we need to fight.
The protest attracted a lot of media attention. Coverage about the protest could be found on the NBC Bay Area & SF Examiner websites and all over Facebook. Those who participated in the protest were thrilled at the outcome. “It felt great to stand outside and protest with my colleagues to show how many of us support the same thing,” said Nurse Kitchell.