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  • published Rally For Public Education in MEDIA 2012-03-03 15:19:30 -0800

    Rally For Public Education

    The school year is coming to an end. Do you know how many children will be in your child's class next year or if the teacher you think is a good match for your quirky kid will still be around?  I don't. Additionally, I don't know exactly what services my son is going to get as a part of his IEP.  These things haven't been settled yet because my child's elementary school doesn't really know how much money it is going to have to spend on things like teachers and services for autistic kids.  How about yours?

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  • Hundreds of Long Beach Parents and Kids Attend Rally For Public Education

    Hundreds of Long Beach parents, teachers and kids assembled at Longfellow Elementary School in the hot sun late Tuesday afternoon to bring awareness to the dire fiscal condition of California’s public schools.

    Music blasted on the PA system in an upbeat atmosphere as attendees  lined up at the information booth to sign petitions and get postcards to send to their representatives; the cards demanded that public education get the funding that is needed to educate the largest population of students in the country.

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  • published Wake Up and Smell The School Cuts in MEDIA 2012-03-03 15:11:10 -0800

    Wake Up and Smell The School Cuts

    Forgive Patty Koel if she rants for a moment; she has a lot to say, and most of it is dire. “The last few years have been the most severe in terms of cuts that have entered into the classroom,” said the president of the PTA Council in Millbrae, a small community south of San Francisco. ”Last year we increased the class size of our kindergarten through third grade by 50 percent, from 20 kids per class to 30 kids per class. This year we’ve completely eliminated five whole days from our school year. The school days are shorter; we have lost the dean of students at our Taylor Middle School; we no longer have a director of curriculum; we don’t have money to do staff development training for our teachers; we have reduced access to many of our programs, including libraries, technology, music, summer school, and GATE education; and our teachers simply don’t have the  support that they need for the large class sizes without the instructional aides because they’ve been laid off as well.”

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  • published Santa Barbara Teachers, Families Rally in Support in MEDIA 2012-03-03 14:54:44 -0800

    Santa Barbara Teachers, Families Rally in Support

    Santa Barbara parents, teachers and students gather near the Downtown Post Office on Tuesday afternoon to rally in support of more public education funding. (Lara Cooper / Noozhawk photo)

    Santa Barbara parents, teachers and students rallied in front of the Downtown Post Office on Tuesday afternoon as part of the Educate Our State campaign, a push for more public education funding and support of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed tax extensions.

    Polly Pelly, mother of Peabody Charter School students, helped organize the rally.

    “It’s desperately sad we’re at the bottom of the barrel for funding,” she said, referring to California’s rank as 47th in the country in per-pupil education funding.

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  • published Parents Rally to Improve Public Schools in MEDIA 2012-03-03 14:16:50 -0800

    Parents Rally to Improve Public Schools

     (San Diego) Parents from around the county, objecting to years of cuts to public school funding, will demand action from lawmakers at a 4:30 p.m. rally on Tuesday, May 24th at Park Boulevard and Presidents Way in Balboa Park.    

    “California public schools are among the lowest funded in the country – it’s time to make education a priority again, not only for our children but for the future of our state,” said Fran Shimp, a parent of two elementary students and a volunteer organizer of the event.  Since 2008-2009, education spending, which represents 40% of the state budget, has incurred 60% of the budget cuts. In 2008-2009, California ranked 44th in per pupil spending (adjusted for cost of living).  

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  • published Parents rally at State Capitol for public schools in MEDIA 2012-03-03 14:15:22 -0800

    Parents rally at State Capitol for public schools

    SACRAMENTO, CA - Teachers first protested the possibility of more K through 12 education cuts two weeks ago and now parents are heading to the capitol to show support for public education.

    On Tuesday, May 24, parents in 23 cities across California will be holding rallies to support the state's schools. In Sacramento, the"Wake Up California" rally is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the South steps of the Capitol.

    Catherine Goddard, one of the founders of Educate Our State, says California's public schools are in crisis. "We are afraid our children will not have the right to a good, quality education, that's a huge fear, parents are very frustrated about that."

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  • Protestors Rally in Redwood City to Support Schools

    Hundreds of local education advocates rallied in Courthouse Square in Redwood City this morning in an effort to show support for the state's public education system and increase awareness of the dire condition of the state's funding crisis. 

    Students, parents, local administrators and elected officials who joined together for an hour in front of the San Mateo History Museum at 7:30 this morning. Those who gathered waived signs, chanted, petitioned and spoke in favor of passing the tax extensions proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown to balance the state's budget in order to avoid cuts to the state public school system. 

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  • published Parents Rally to Protest Education Budget Cuts in MEDIA 2012-03-03 14:12:06 -0800

    Parents Rally to Protest Education Budget Cuts

     Parents and other supporters of public schools gathered around the Bay Area this morning as part of a statewide campaign against budget cuts to education.

    The rallies, titled "Wake Up California!" were held in at least 20 places around the state today, including several in the Bay Area.

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  • published Lamorindans Rally for Public Education in MEDIA 2012-03-03 14:09:53 -0800

    Lamorindans Rally for Public Education

    A crowd of parents and pajama-clad children descended upon Lafayette Plaza Park on Tuesday morning to rally support for public education funding. The “Wake Up, California” rally attracted a crowd of more than 100 parents, students, administrators and teachers Tuesday morning. The crowd was gathered as part of a statewide effort to show support for funding of local public schools. 

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  • published Rally For Education in MEDIA 2012-03-03 14:08:19 -0800

    Rally For Education

    Around 60 members of the Burlingame community gathered outside City Hall Tuesday morning as part of Educate Our State’s Wake Up California initiative, aimed at educating Californians about the budget crisis facing California public schools.

    Burlingame parents teamed up with Educate Our State, a parent-led organization dedicated to high-quality education, for the rally, which was just one of more than 20 held throughout the state the same day.

  • published Carpenter and Walter Reed Parents Plan Protest in MEDIA 2012-03-03 14:05:26 -0800

    Carpenter and Walter Reed Parents Plan Protest

    Parents at Carpenter Community Charter Schooland Walter Reed Middle School are organizing a rally along Ventura and Laurel Canyon boulevards to protest school budget cuts.

    The statewide protest is being coordinated by Educate Our State

    Walter Reed parents plan to collect signs and carpool to Ventura and Laurel Canyon boulevards, the busiest intersection in Studio City, and Carpenter parents will join them and also line up at the back of the school, along Laurel Canyon.

  • California Education Budget Cuts: Rally in Sudio City

    More than 100 parents and teachers held a demonstration at Ventura and Laurel Canyon boulevards Tuesday morning to protest state budget cuts for schools.

    “I like to think of it as a rally, rather than a protest,” said Tina Raksin, who made signs and handed them to parents after they dropped their children off at Carpenter Community Charter School. “This is for education and to get people to educate themselves about what is going on in our schools.”

    Raksin’s favorite signs said: “If You Think Education Is Expensive, Try Ignorance” and “If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher.” The rally is part of the grassroots EducateOurState.orgmovement started by parents to unite Californians who support high-quality public education.

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  • Protests over school budget cuts planned across Calif (video)

    Protests were held Tuesday over planned cuts to schools across California.

    Parents were the driving force behind the movement. They said they were fed up with pink slips and cut backs. They started a grassroots organization called Educate the State. Their goal is to get the message out to lawmakers that they need to wake up and start caring about public education.

    Parents, students and teachers held an organized walkout at Millikan Middle School in Sherman Oaks to echo that message.

    "We've been, cut, cut, cut, cut," said parent Aleta Braxton-O'Brien. "We cannot take any more cuts."

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  • published Parents, Students Rally Across State For Education in MEDIA 2012-03-03 12:49:22 -0800

    Parents, Students Rally Across State For Education

    LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- Rallies are happening across the state Tuesday to draw attention to the budget crisis facing public schools.

    More than 2 dozen schools from San Francisco to San Diego are getting in on the effort, which was organized by parent-led non-profit Educate Our State.

    As many as 300 protesters at Millikan Junior High School inSherman Oaks waved signs and chanted "no more cuts" at passers by.

  • Rallies held in Bay Area over cuts to education (video)

    Rallies held in Bay Area over cuts to education. Supporters of public schools are rallying for a statewide campaign against budget cuts to education.

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  • Education Advocates Demand More Public School Funding

    Local education advocates bested the rainy weather Monday night and turned out en masse to the San Carlos School District Office on the campus of Central Middle School in order to show support for an effort to raise money for the state public school system. 

    The organization Educate Our State hosted the function which brought a crowd of about 100 people, most of who were parents, interested in learning more about how the California education system is affected by the ongoing budget deficit, and what can be done to change it. 

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  • published California parents meet in LA to organize in MEDIA 2012-03-02 12:05:37 -0800

    California Parents Meet in LA to Organize

     Public school parents from different parts of the state are meeting in Los Angeles though the weekend to draw up a statewide ballot initiative they say would give parents a bigger role in education policy.

    Organizers haven’t worked out many details about the initiative, except that they want it on next year’s November ballot.

    Educate Our State co-founder Teri Levy says that’s so voters can "move a collaborative framework with teachers and parents and administrators to improve the quality of education, which encompasses teacher evaluation, student achievement and professional development."

    The group operates independently of other large organizations, Levy says. She adds that about 100 participants are in Los Angeles to learn what it’ll take to carry out their goals.

    The group includes the California PTA, Invest in PUSD Kids, and Bay Area education advocates in a list of "like-minded" organizations.


  • published Parents Join to Push for Better Schools in MEDIA 2012-03-02 12:02:41 -0800

    Parents Join to Push for Better Schools

    Some 100 members of a statewide movement learn how to lobby for funds and teachers.

    November 13, 2011|Teresa Watanabe

    Nancy Crop is a Palo Alto civil rights attorney. Cushon Bell is a Pasadena educational activist and former teacher. Teri Levy is a Los Angeles creative artist in fashion and photography.

    But even though all three high-powered women are privileged to send their children to excellent public schools, they say they are haunted by the countless California children stuck at low-performing campuses. This weekend, they are giving up free time to train with 100 other parent leaders organizing for more school funding, top-notch teachers and a high-quality education for all students.

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  • published Not on Our Children's Backs in MEDIA 2012-03-02 12:01:13 -0800

    Not on Our Children's Backs

    Educate Our State President, Crystal Brown and Board member Kalimah Salahuddin interview on NBC Class Action about the current state of public education in California and California's State on going budget crisis especially in 2012.