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Parents, Educators Walk in Thurs. to Reclaim Schools and Promote Proposition 55

Parents and teachers at Gardner Elementary in Los Angeles were among thousands statewide who demonstrated Thursday morning in support of public education and Proposition 55, which will prevent more than $4 billion in cuts to schools.

Around California and the nation on Thursday, hundreds of thousands of parents, educators, and community members were “walking into”their local schools as a way of urging more support for students and public education.

In California, much of the focus was on something concrete that communities can do to support schools.

That something, participants say, is voting for Proposition 55, the measure that will prevent billions in education funding cuts without creating any new taxes.

"We are joining hands with our education community stakeholders on this national day of action to underscore that strong public schools create strong communities,” said Eric C. Heins, an elementary educator and president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association. “Building that strength requires resources and adequate funding. So we are also talking about the urgent need to vote for Prop. 55 in November to prevent deep new cuts and a return to the widespread layoffs and cuts to programs like music and art that we endured during the recession. Our students can’t afford to go back to those dark days."

Each city is advocating for local issues ranging from testing and livable teacher salaries to class size and school funding available through Prop. 55, the Children's Education and Health Care Protection Act.

Learn more about the national event at the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools website.

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