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Campaign Urges State Legislators to Stop Cutting Education Budget

Editor’s Note: The following news release is from Educate Our Sate.

Fresh off the highly-publicized launch of their campaign, “This Budget Blows,” and determined to get the attention of California’s leaders, Educate Our State has released a new video titled, “Let’s Take the Sting Out of Public Education Cuts.”

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Forum Addresses State's School Budget Crisis

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Bake sales and band-aids are no longer the solution to California's public education budget crisis.

Challenged by a complex school funding formula few understand, the Parent Partnership for Public Education (PPPE) hosted an education forum on March 21 in Tauxe Hall at the Methodist Church to address the situation.

Four speakers, including Dr. John Deasy, Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), addressed the forum topic''Our Education Funding Crisis: How We Got Here and How We Can Fix It.'

The PPEE is a local group founded two years ago by two Pacific Palisades mothers, Amy Baker and Rene Rodman, who were concerned not only about their own children's education (at Palisades Elementary), but the rest of the state's children as well.

'California educates one out of eight public school students in the United States,' Baker said, 'and that my friend is a huge chunk of the future of our country.

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A Duo of Difficult Decisions

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The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education addressed two contentious and emotional issues last week, when they followed through on issuing more than 11,000 reduction-in-force (RIF) notices and made policy changes to address to sexual abuses within LAUSD schools.

According to a statement, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy said 11,713 preliminary RIF notices had been sent out, though the budget deficit had dropped unexpectedly. He said the layoff notices actually represent 6,700 full-time positions.

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Running Out of Options and Money, School District Turns to Pink Slips and Bond Measure

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Recent handout of pink slips and approval of ballot measure show just how dire funding situation has become at Cabrillo Unified, superintendent says.

It’s an uncertain time for Coastside schools.

Without continued support from the school community, good news from the state of California about the budget, and a positive vote on an $81 million bond measure to take care of the $2.5 million structural deficit, the Cabrillo Unified School District will run out of options and money, said Superintendent Rob Gaskill.

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More Students Should Advocate for a Better Budget

Students across Redwood City blew bubbles at a peaceful demonstration, to express their concern for the government to not "blow it" on the public school budget this year.

Despite the rainy forecast for Thurs. March 15, elementary school students from nine schools across the district gathered in protest to the scanty California public education budget. This peaceful bubble blowing rally organized by the statewide campaign, Educate Our State, was aimed at the government, warning state lawmakers not to “blow it” with this year’s budget.

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Altadena Elementary supporters urging the state not to "blow it" Thursday

 

Thursday, March 15, is "pink slip" day at the Pasadena Unified School District,  where teachers will get their lay-off notices.  (In years past. not all teachers who got notices were actually laid off -- but if they're in danger of losing their jobs, the notice has to go out this week).

Altadena Elementary School isn't taking it lying down:  it's joining about 50 other schools around the state with a "Don't Blow It" event that morning during drop-off:.  According to Altadena Elementary parent Cushon Bell, the bubble-blowing event is to "educate parents and community members and encourage them to write to their legislators regarding the urgent need for a balanced budget that does not further negatively impact our California public schools."

The bubble-blowing event is sponsored by Educate Our State!, a parent-led statewide campaign to support high-quality K-12 public education.  

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CALIF. SCHOOLKIDS: BROWN’S BUDGET ‘BLOWS’

ANASTASIA LUBARSKY: The school’s not getting enough money for all this fun stuff for the students, like field trips and [unclear] and other fun stuff. Gov. Brown is not getting that message, so we’re blowing bubbles to get him the message.

GREG LAND: If we don’t get the initiatives passed that the governor is proposing, we’re going to have major cuts again. I don’t think people realize what’s going to happen with those cuts; we’ve been taking cuts for years, year after year, and it’s just gotten to a point where education’s going to break.

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More than 20,000 California teachers pink-slipped

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More than 20,000 public school teachers in California opened their mailboxes over the last few days to find a pink slip inside as districts met the state’s Thursday deadline for dispensing the dreaded news to the educators that they may not have a job in the fall.

The layoff notices are preliminary, the districts’ best guess at the amount of money they will get to educate kids next year after the Legislature concludes its annual budget fight this summer. But a proposed tax measure on the November ballot offers more uncertainty than usual.

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In Elk Grove Students Protest Budget Cuts

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Students at Elk Grove Elementary School joined kids from San Francisco to Los Angeles to blow bubbles Thursday in protest of state budget cuts to education.

The "This Budget Blows" protest, organized by the parent organization Educate Our State, coincided with the March 15 deadline for school districts to issue preliminary layoff notices to educators.

 

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Parents to state: Education budget blows

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Children blew bubbles throughout California Thursday as part of a number of rallies held throughout the state to bring attention to the impact on education due to many years of cuts. 

A number of groups put together demonstrations Thursday, March 15 — the day California requires districts to send teachers preliminary notices that they may be laid off. The number of employees notified often differs from those who are laid off on May 15, the deadline to make such decisions. Teachers who are laid off could be asked back during the summer, when the state’s budget becomes clear. Since Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget relies on a tax package being supported by voters in November, local districts are conservatively budgeting for mid year cuts.

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