Magazine article Radical Teacher

Occupy Education

Magazine article Radical Teacher

Occupy Education

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After most of Occupy Wall Street's physical outdoor sites were closed down by police violence, Occupy moved to many other areas of political protest sites such as home mortgage closings, health care providers, and educational institutions.

In November of 2011, the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York (CUNY) raised tuition $300 per year for the next five years, thus taking it from $4,500 to $6,000. This is a drastic increase considering that half of CUNY students come from families making under $30,000 a year. In response, over 1,000 students from throughout CUNY's 18 campuses gathered in protest at the downtown Manhattan Baruch campus, where the Board of Trustees was meeting (http://www.truth-out.org/print/9945, December 4, 2011). Students and faculty were arrested for trying to attend this open trustees' meeting. CUNY's decision to use force in the form of batons and arrests was sharply criticized (The Clarion, December 2011) and Baruch's college president later admitted that he regretted such use of force against students and faculty. …

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