SMEA President Gary Scott Speaks at Rally

To chants of “Thank you Gary, thank you Gary”, our own Student MEA chair Gary Scott addressed a crowd of over 3,000 people rallying to support public education at our State’s capitol. At the end of a day filled with visits with legislators, chanting and speeches Gary addressed the crowd. Gary started his speech saying, “I decided to go into teaching to change the world, even if it may be one child at a time.” Addressing the various pieces of proposed legislation Gary said, “I'm not going to stand by while our elected officials cut funding to our public universities and tuition goes so high, fewer and fewer people can afford to attend college. I'm not going to ignore it when they slash funding to our public schools and force students to learn in overcrowded classrooms. I won't close my eyes and pretend it's not happening when our lawmakers force schools into a deficit so they can take them over, seize them and try to decide from Lansing what's best for the students…” He charged the crowd to stand with him and fight for the future of public education and our students. “Please don't leave here today and let this be all you do. Please don't let them make you believe there's no hope. There is hope! Please don't give up.”