In D.C. rally, hundreds protest Trump's planned cuts to education

Photo credit: Bill O'Leary / The Washington Post

Photo credit: Bill O'Leary / The Washington Post

According to Ellie Silverman of the Washington Post, teachers, current and retired, parents, students and their families began converging about 10 a.m. near the Washington Monument to march in support of public education. Similar marches took place in 11 cities nationwide, including Detroit, Austin, Miami and Lincoln, Nebraska, according to the march's website.

Organizers say they were marching for equity in education funding, college affordability, and against the nearly 14 percent cuts to education that Trump has proposed. Hundreds of people joined the march in Washington despite temperatures climbing into the 90s and a heat advisory from the National Weather Service.

"I love a good road tip, but this one's special," said Maxwell, who was sporting a "Schoolhouse Rock!" T-shirt while standing next to his wife, Melissa Maxwell, 41, who was wearing a "Nasty scientist" T-shirt, and their two sons Nolan and Garrett, 7.

During a morning rally, protesters heard from students and national education advocates before marching to the Education Department offices at about noon. Saturday's protest was planned to coincide with a national meeting in the District of the American Federation of Teachers, the nation's second-largest teachers union. Read more here.