WHAT: Press conference and local rally to promote the best economic recovery plan for California: Investing more in children.
WHEN: 10 a.m., Tuesday, February 10, 2009.
WHO: Los Angeles area parents join California State PTA President Pam Brady, Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell, Glendale Unified School District Board President Joylene Wagner, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Board Member Mike Gruning, Glendale Educational Foundation President John Sadd, and other business and community leaders.
WHERE: Glenoaks Elementary School, 2015 East Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale, CA 91206
WHY: As budget negotiations continue in Sacramento, the voices of parents, business leaders and children's advocates supporting education must be heard in Sacramento.
State budget cuts threaten an entire generation of students. And that threatens California's future workforce, economy, and way of life. The Governor and legislators are considering cutting education funding by as much as $11 billion on top of $3 billion in cuts already absorbed by schools. In addition, funding manipulations and a potential spending cap would permanently secure California's place at the bottom of all states in what we invest in our students, on a per-pupil basis.
Our children in schools right now deserve better. The state must take a balanced approach to solving the budget crisis, one that includes more revenues to prevent deeper cuts to education and children's programs.