Support LAUSD Teachers West Area’s Rally to Avoid Dia De Los Muertos for Public Education
At The Schools with Audrey Linden
LAUSD teachers who belong to West Area under the helm of Cecily Myart-Cruz are having a Rally on Thursday, November 1st at the Federal Building from 3:00 to 8:00 P. M. The purpose of the rally and march is to alert voters to vote “yes” for Proposition 30, “no” on Proposition 38 and “no” on Proposition 32. Cecily will have vendors, food, face painting for the children, music, food. “Two Teachers and a Mike” will provide entertainment for this grass roots rally. The West Area hopes to have support from teachers, parents, and students.
If teachers do not get the “yes” on 30, “no” on 38, and “no” on 32, the consequences are dire, and it will indeed become a “Dance of Death” for teachers with LAUSD. There will be an immediate budget cut of six billion dollars to education for the State of California which translates into massive teacher layoffs in K-12th grade, the demise of Early Ed Centers, more layoffs in Adult Ed, the loss of arts programs, the loss of librarians, coaches, and psychologists. There will be fifteen more furlough days which means the school year will be reduced to 160 days. The budget cuts mean increased class sizes. And, the toll does not end there. The budget cuts will mean sacrificing the quality of education. Teachers at LAUSD are already on a fast track to try to get the curriculum done in shorter time. There already have been furlough days, and days lost to the testing schedules. It is a nigh unto impossible task to get all the material in the already shortened school year.
The West Area feels the need to let all parents know how vitally important it is to show up for this rally and to take the responsibility to vote for teachers, to vote for education, and ultimately to vote for the children. The children are our future. We cannot continue to deny our children the quality education they deserve.
Indeed, this rally has the theme of Dia De Los Muertos. We do not want the budget cuts to become the death knell for public education as we know it. We do not want the budget cuts to further “charterize” schools. Charter schools are supported by big business and we cannot afford to have our schools run as a business. Our students are not a business and should not be held to business standards. Our children need smaller class sizes, a full school year, and teachers who care and do their best to inspire a love of learning. That’s what my teachers did for me.
Businesses cut corners for a profit, have products manufactured overseas, do what they can to produce as cheaply as possible, get tax incentives to do so. Is this how you want your children treated? Is this the model you want your child’s education subjected to? March with us to say “NO.” Don’t allow your children to get the short shrift in education. Stand by your teachers and support this rally.
So, teachers on the West side, parents on the West side come and support your teachers. Supporting your teachers is supporting your children. And, it is not only K-12th grade that will be affected by these projected budget cuts. Community colleges, State colleges and universities will be affected drastically also.
The place to be on Thursday if you are a teacher, parent, student is the Federal Building. The time is 3:00 to 8:00 P. M. There will be free parking behind the Federal Building. Show you care. And be sure to vote “yes” on Proposition 30, “no” on Proposition 38, and “no” on Proposition 32. Your vote matters and it counts. Take the responsibility to vote FOR your teachers, FOR your children, and FOR your schools.
Central Calling Area Chapter Chair
UTLA HOR voting member
BHUSD Adult School Teacher