California Educator

May 2011

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STATE OF EMERGENCY “Enough is enough!” This message about cuts decimating public education from preschool to college was delivered loudly to legislators during CTA’s State of Emergency week of action May 9-13. Thousands of educators, parents, students and community members throughout California staged a myriad of activities ranging from a teach-in for tax fairness in Escondido to a grade-in at a local mall in Newark to setting up empty chairs representing pink-slipped teachers outside of schools in the San Mateo-Foster City School District. There were local rallies, press conferences and funeral marches mourning the “death” of public education, whose funding has been slashed by more than $20 billion over the past three years. And there were acts of civil disobedience at the state Capitol. This week was about coming to life. Taking action to remind the state that education deserves support. That funding schools is essential to building the future. Let’s keep up the good fight. >> MAY 2011 | 9

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