By Jessica Firger
- Jessica Firger for The Wall Street Journal
- Students and teachers march Thursday as part of the Occupy Ed national day of action.
Students from universities and colleges across the city, including CUNY, New York University and Columbia University, gathered Thursday afternoon to rally for the right to education.
Close to 300 protesters convened in front of the Department of Education headquarters on Chambers Street in lower Manhattan as part of a national day of student-led rallies organized by Occupy Ed, an offshoot of the national Occupy Wall Street movement.
The organization is calling for adequate funding for the whole spectrum of public education, from pre-kindergarten to graduate programs. Similar events were held in Oakland, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Boston.
“We’re treated more and more like consumers buying a product,” said Amanda Matles, 29 years old, a geography graduate student at the CUNY Graduate Center and an adjunct professor.