Last weekend, United Opt Out sponsored a protest rally in front of the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. The event was called Occupy the DOE.

Jeff Bryant of North Carolina reports on the protests here.

I spoke on Thursday afternoon of the first day. The crowd was small, which was not surprising, because it was a workday and it is expensive to travel a distance. And the event organizers had no money for travel. Everything was handmade and improvised. No funding from Gates or Walton or Broad or anyone else. No paid staff. All volunteers: teachers, parents, students, librarians, and others who were there to speak out against the DOE’s damaging policies and for a better vision for American education.

The slight media attention focused on one remark by one speaker but there were many speakers with inspiring messages, all of which were ignored.

The opposition to high-stakes testing, mass school closings, and privatization will not end. They will continue and they will grow. Why? Because they are not only wrong, they are harmful to the future of our nation and the lives of our children and grandchildren.