Murrieta Teachers to Take Part in Local Rally Against Education Cuts

The "Pep Rally for Schools" will take place at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Temecula Valley High School.

As part of a statewide call to action, educators, parents and students from school districts in Murrieta, Temecula, Lake Elsinore and Menifee will hold a "Pep Rally for Schools" at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, in the football stadium at Temecula Valley High School.

The community is invited to participate as a show of support for local schools.

The Temecula event is part of a California call to action known as “State of Emergency,” coordinated by a broad coalition of state education and labor groups, with educators, students and parents participating in a series of bold actions May 9-13.

Statewide activities include a sit-in at the State Capitol building in Sacramento and several regional rallies calling for a state budget that protect schools, colleges and public services from additional cuts.

This local demonstration is being called to publicize the local impacts of more than $18 billion in State budget education funding cuts during the last three years, said Barb Burkett of the Temecula Valley Council PTA (TVC PTA), which is coordinating the rally alongside the Temecula Valley Educators Association (TVEA).

“Unless California’s citizens, especially taxpayers, rise up and tell the legislature, ‘Enough is enough! No more cuts!’ we are looking at an additional $4 billion in cuts this year,” said incoming TVEA President Chris Lindberg.

Class sizes are increasing; music, art and sports programs being eliminated; and computer labs, libraries and schools are being shut down, the California Teachers Association stated in a report.

"As the Governor and the Legislature struggle with ways to close the state budget deficit, education is being further threatened. According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office, an “all-cuts” budget could mean the loss of an additional $4.1 billion in K-12 funding, or $695 per student...The Legislature must act NOW to prevent this all-cuts scenario from becoming reality," according to the report released Tuesday.

For the Murrieta Valley Unified School District, it would mean an additional loss of $14,5 million.

There were fewer days in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District this year to accommodate teacher and staff furlough days. The school year will remain shorter through next year.

“California has the eighth-largest economy in the world, but it ranks 43rd in per-pupil spending, and it continues to shortchange our students of the education they need and deserve,” Lindberg said.

“This is not the California we want for our students, our families and our future. That’s why we’re working with our local PTAs, parents, school staff, school boards and administration to pressure legislators to finish their jobs and pass the revenue extensions.”

"We are pleased to join forces with local educators to rally parents to show their support for education,” said Kathy Fink, incoming president, TVC PTA. “We know after-school time is tight, and we want this event to be upbeat, family-friendly, and a celebration of all that public education should be offering California students.

"There will be student performances, a marching band and cheerleaders to add plenty of school spirit, and we’ll do our best to get folks in and out in an hour. We hope parents at every level--elementary, middle, high school and college--will take a moment to demonstrate the importance they place on education in California.

"Now, more than ever, our voices are needed to speak up and let our elected officials know that cuts hurt kids. We need legislators to put education first and practice fiscal responsibility for students and for our State’s future,” Fink continued.

The Temecula Valley Educators Association, Murrieta Teachers Association, Lake Elsinore Teachers Association and Menifee Teachers Association are affiliated with the 325,000-member California Teachers Association and the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.

For more information about the statewide events, go to Castateofemergency.com.

Popeye May 11, 2011 at 06:30 PM
I wish the teachers educate themselves that Californians are against wasteful spending. The administrators need to find $4 billion in wasteful spending. Californians will not approve tax and fee increases, that is my perception. Good luck with your labor unions.
M. Lee Davis May 11, 2011 at 08:48 PM
I don't understand why teachers and educators state wide and across the nation don't get this. There is no money!!!! The state is nearly broke. A lot of people are still unemployed. Some of those who have jobs have no benefits, no pensions, but are still grateful just to be working and earning money. Then you have state and federal workers who don't care about the others who don't have jobs or have low paying jobs with no benefits. I was making $4500-$5000 per month 4years ago and now only make $11.50 per hour. Where is all the sympathy for me and everyone else in the same situation? BTW, if anyone has been paying attention lately our students are not ranked the best by far. So, why do the teachers deserve so much? They would have a stronger argument if the kids weren't dropping off at the rate they are. And the poor performance and high drop out rate has been going on even before the state was broke!!
M. Lee Davis May 11, 2011 at 09:11 PM
I welcome any teachers to comment on why all educators across the board deserve to not have to put their share into helping the states economy recover. I'm waiting for an answer but not expecting any.
Julie D. Gillis May 12, 2011 at 03:47 AM
I was told that if we voted to have a "California State Lottery" class sizes would shrink. I didn't vote for it but it passed. I was told to vote to raise taxes in 1996 to lower classes sizes for our schools. I voted no but it passed. I pay hire taxes. I was told the same thing four years later, and then the next four years. Every year I vote NO to raise taxes but taxes are always raised and my kids were only in a smaller class size when I home schooled them. I didn't ask for a voucher, but I paid my taxes. The labor unions and government are mismanaging the taxes that have been raised since I started voting at the age of 18. I agree with M. Davis.
Julie D. Gillis May 12, 2011 at 03:49 AM
I am glad that the teachers rallied after school. Good planning.


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