From Selma to NY & DC : Contemporary Movements for Education Rights


Selma-Jubilee-e1393349263819Dr. Jesse Turner, who represented BadAss Teachers and Save Our Schools in the recent anniversary march across Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge, joined the Education Town Hall to discuss the experience and the meaning of this moment in the education and civil rights movements.

Also joining this month’s BUS ride: Denisha Jones, discussing the growing “opt out” movement and plans for the upcoming BAT Congress.

The Education Town Hall broadcasts from Historic Anacostia in Washington, DC, Thursdays
at 11:00 a.m. Eastern on We Act Radio.
Listen live via TuneIn.

Shows are archived for convenient listening shortly after broadcast.

This monthly BUS program is organized by BadAss Teachers, United Opt Out, and SOS March. The program regularly airs on the 4th Thursday of each month.



Jesee Turner

Dr. Jesse Turner lives in Connecticut, where he is the Director of the Central Connecticut State University Literacy Center, teaching advanced clinical graduate courses for literacy specialists. As part of his department’s community engagement mission, the Literacy Center at CCSU provides over $130,000.00 worth of tutoring by certified teachers to local children, free of charge, every year. Dr. Turner works closely on a daily basis with children, parents, and teachers and is an activist and advocate for children, parents, and teachers.

He has spoken to audiences across the nation about the problems created by the No Child Left Behind Act and created the Facebook group, “Children Are More Than Test Scores,” as a way to connect individuals and communities struggling against the NCLB law.

Two years ago Jesse walked 400 miles in 40 days from Connecticut to Washington, D.C. to raise awareness of the negative impact NCLB/RTTT was having on children, parents, teachers, and schools. With a core group of people he met on his walk, and online Jesse helped build the coalition that became the Save Our Schools March, and Week of Action. His work includes advocating for children, parents and teachers, chairing conferences, writing grants, and organizing community based projects.
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