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Teachers And Students Across Pacifica Protest State Education Cuts

At Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School, over 50 students and teachers stood on the sidewalk before school showing the public, and the California Legislature, that they cannot take any more cuts.

Before school this morning, hundreds of teachers and students across Pacifica stood in front of their schools holding signs and chanting. Their message? No more cuts to public education in California. 

According to school employees and unions, one of the legislature's first courses of action should be to pass Governor Jerry Brown's proposed extension of all school taxes in the state including Pacifica School District's Measure N, thus keeping the state's funding of public schools (Pacifica School District's budget is 90 percent state money) at the same level it was at last year. Without it, school employees claim, additional cuts to staff and core curriculum will need to be made, further weakening California's declining public education system. 

Republican lawmakers, however, have blocked passage of Brown's bill. 

"Almost everybody supports schools," said Pacifica School District teacher Mark Malcolm as he held a sign outside this morning. "I wish we could get the legislature to do the same thing."

This morning's local protests were only a warmup for regional ones. This evening, thousands of teachers from across the Bay Area are expected to gather in San Francisco for a rally

Watch the video for more on the protest outside Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School this morning. 

Charles May 19, 2011 at 01:58 AM
Public Schools: Make Them Private !!!!!!!!!!!!!! by Milton Friedman Milton Friedman, a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution, won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1976. http://www.cato.org/pubs/briefs/bp-023.html
Charles May 19, 2011 at 01:59 AM
Privatization of a town’s public schools would solve many problems. It would reduce the cost of education and thereby lower property taxes used to support them. It would eliminate the need of a centralized state administrative apparatus, with its high-paying administrators and assistant administrators. It would free local schools to adopt learning programs that actually work, thereby improving student achievement. It would re-invent the idea of educational freedom, on the foundation of which this nation was built. It would also get rid of the stranglehold that the teachers’ unions have on the schools. www.thenewamerican.com/.../7366-should-the-public-schools-be-privatized
Mary January 06, 2012 at 10:58 PM
lets feed our children to the hungry corporations... They've shown that they care about ALL children.

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