Jeff Bryant here describes the unprecedented wave of activism that is ready to launch in spring 2014.

This is the year that parents, teachers, students, and concerned citizens mobilize to stop the juggernaut of high-stakes testing and privatization.

This is the year we demand that Race to the Top go away, to be replaced by genuine concern for education, children, and equity for purr neediest children.

This is the year to stop attacking our nation’s dedicated educators. Stop closing schools. Stop squandering money on for-profits and useless consultants.

This is the year to stop the beatings and to begin to develop genuine changes that help instead of punishing our schools.

We begin this weekend in Austin, Texas, when the Network for Public Education convenes hundreds of activists. And we grow from there into a movement to reclaim our public schools.