DETROIT — A rally to support public education is scheduled in southwest Detroit.

Teachers, parents and students are expected to gather at 11 a.m. Saturday in Clark Park. The event is part of a national march scheduled to take place in Washington and about a dozen other cities.

Organizers say the rallies are designed to raise awareness about state funding for public schools and school privatization efforts at the federal level.

American Federation of Teachers vice president David Hecker is scheduled to speak at the Detroit rally.