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