No sooner had the pandemic hit than the attack on public education—K12 through higher ed—began. Workers are being furloughed, jobs cut, and the "common sense" of online learning imposed. We are told that we have to tighten our belts and accept austerity measures.
But while workers are told there is no money, bankers and financiers holding debt are still being paid. Public colleges and universities cut jobs—but pay their debts. Municipalities bow to the demands of Moody’s credit ratings and cut employees. Student workers, many now unemployed, carry debt that will burden them far into the future.
It does not have to be this way. We can reshape our economy, refuse debt, and create ongoing sustainable support for public education.