Almost a year after the May 1995 rally, Senator Edward M. Kennedy
headed a democratic forum at Northeastern University to address
continued efforts by the Republicans to cut education spending by
one-third before the year 2002.
The panel of 13, including Senator Kennedy, Senate minority leader
Thomas Daschle, Mayor Thomas Menino, Northeastern University President
John Curry, and Boston School Superintendant Thomas Payzant, met
with students in the Ell Student Center on Monday, February 5, 1996.
Senator Kennedy applauded Northeastern students for being the first
student group to travel to Washington, D.C. in September to protest
the proposed financial aid cuts.
Senator Kennedy insisted, “These largest cuts in education
in the history of the country are now going on. We have to ask where
our leaders are” (Northeastern News, 2/7/1996, pg. 1).