SAN DIEGO: Thousands gather to rally for more state funding for schools
By GARY WARTH
North County Times - The Californian
May 13, 2011
About 2,000 teachers and other supporters of public education gathered in a bayfront park in downtown San Diego on Friday afternoon to send a message to state legislators.
"Save our schools, save our students!" chanted the crowd gathered on the hilly grass of Embarcadero Marina Park North behind Seaport Village.
"Are you listening, Sacramento?" California Teachers Association board member Jim Groth said from the stage of the park.
Similar rallies were held in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Sacramento and San Francisco on Friday as part of a week of activities organized by the California Teachers Union.
In San Diego, several speakers urged people to tell state lawmakers to put an initiative on the ballot to extend temporary taxes set to expire this year.
Many school districts have said the tax extension would save teaching jobs...
Rallying for Education
NBC San Diego
May 13, 2011
...The rallies are the culmination of state of State of Emergency Week -- five days of rallies and protests that took place in Sacramento.
But organizers say, with the Governor's revised budget due out on Monday, this is not the end of it.
"Employees have taken furlough days, have taken cuts. We have contributed and we will continue to contribute to help solve in any way we can, but it's up to the legislature to extend those tax revenues so we can move forward while waiting for economy to recover," said Jim Groth from the California teachers Association.