"These Cuts Are International": Puerto Rican RCSD Students Twice-Harmed by Cuts to Public Education

(WXIR-Rochester) On Thursday December 20th, members of the Puerto Rican Independence Party gathered at the Administrative Offices of the Rochester City School District to protest proposed cuts to RCSD staff.

We spoke with one of the organizers of that protest about the international character of austerity and solidarity, and about how Puerto Rican students in Rochester have been doubly harmed by cuts to public education.

Paul Figueroa is the former coordinator of the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) in Rochester. He did his student teaching in the RCSD, and he currently teaches 7th and 10th grade in San Juan.

He spoke with Reclaiming the Narrative's Darien Lamen ahead of the Rochester School Board's vote at which mid-year cuts to 155 positions were approved.