Thousands protest education cuts

March 4, 2010

Demonstrators took to the streets across California on Thursday to protest education funding cuts for high schools and universities. [Los Angeles Times]

In Oakland, 150 marchers were arrested after they blocked a freeway, tying up rush hour traffic near the intersection of 880 and 990.

The California marches were part of a larger national day of protest against higher student fees, teacher layoffs, and reduced class offerings.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state Legislature have claimed that they have no choice but to cut billions from all levels of education in order to close the budget gap.

More than 2,000 marchers rallied at Pershing Square in Los Angeles. At UC Santa Cruz, about 200 picketers blocked access to the campus. Meanwhile, at UC Berkeley, about 150 people blocked Sather Gate, the main pedestrian entrance to campus.



  1. Lukenelson says:

    I can;t imagine the anguish their going through.They were told specifically by The Flim Flam Man that HE and HE alone would bring them HOPE and CHANGE.Oh I see,he is providing Change.Change in tuition.

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  2. nrpowell says:

    How incredibly ridiculous of you both. I don’t know the exact figure, but I’d be willing to bet that at least 50% of college students work full or at least part time. College is damn expensive whether it’s subsidized or not. In a state where the gov’t spends more on prisons than it does on education, I think it’s perfectly valid to protest these drastic cuts. Education has been proportionally cut more than any other state program, and studies show that in the long run, every dollar invested in education yields a three dollar return.

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  3. Cindy says:

    Well said racket and they all should have been arrested and charged with undue public harassment.
    Now that would be a story that I would enjoy reading.

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  4. racket says:

    I am sure I am missing something. The beneficiaries of our subsidized education system are protesting that we are not subsidizing them enough?

    How come they had the time for pointing out that they are selfish asses? How come they weren’t at work, earning money to pay taxes for these things they demand?

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