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State of Emergency Declared by Teachers

Find out why and how it affects you.

Yesterday, all the teachers and many of the students at Foster City Elementary wore red to protest school budget cuts by the state. Today the teachers are wearing a whistle.

This week, the California Teachers Association has called a “State of Emergency”. The CTA is asking educators, students and parents to participate in a series of bold actions during the week of May 9-13. These include a sit-in at the State Capitol building in Sacramento and several regional rallies in order to pressure lawmakers to pass a budget that includes tax extensions to protect schools, colleges and essential public services from further cuts.

One Foster City Elementary School teacher writes

“We need your help! Are we willing to see our school year get shorter? Close our school libraries? Crowd more students into each classroom? See the end of music and art? What kind of future do we want for our children and our state? Now, more than ever, your voice is needed to speak up and let our elected officials know that CUT$ HURT KIDS! We ask that all students and parents wear blue or their Foster City School shirts on Friday, to show their support. There is also a “State of Emergency” rally in San Francisco at 4 p.m. at the Civic Center on Friday to stand up against continuing budget cuts. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.”

Can’t attend the Rally? Perhaps you can call, write or email your local representatives. Let them know you want lawmakers to pass a budget that includes tax extensions.

  • Gov. Jerry Brown 916-445-2841
  • Sen. Leland Yee – Sacramento 916-651-4008, SF 415-557-7857
  • Asm. Gerald Hill – Sacramento 916-319-2019, San Mateo 650-349-1900
  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier – San Mateo, 650-342-0300

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John B Varghese May 12, 2011 at 06:14 PM
Remember to wear blue or your Foster City School shirts on Friday to show your support.
Herb Perez May 13, 2011 at 01:24 PM
Music and Art has been so severely cut over the years it may as well not be included. PE has also suffered. This even though studies show the significant value of these activities on the cognitive process. Family matters and so should our children.
Eugenia Budman May 14, 2011 at 01:24 AM
Alarmed by the cuts! Thank you John for your posts. Regards,
John B Varghese May 14, 2011 at 04:15 AM
You are right. Our children need all-round development. And our tax money should pay for that.
John B Varghese May 14, 2011 at 04:16 AM
You are welcome Eugenia. I will try to keep them engaging.

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