Education rally planned for Wednesday in Paso

May 17, 2010

A public rally to call attention to California’s broken education funding process is set for Wednesday May 19 in Paso Robles.

The event is part of a statewide series of rallies being organized Wednesday by the newly-formed California Advocates United to Save Education (CAUSE), based in Huntington Beach.

CAUSE hopes to bring parents, school employees, teachers, and students together to speak up against recent education budget cuts and return California to a Top Ten state in funding for schools. California is currently in the bottom five for funding nationally.

Speakers expected at the Paso Robles rally include Dr. Julian Crocker, San Luis Obispo County Superintendent of Schools, and Mark Buchman, currently on the school board for the San Luis Coastal Unified School District.

The Wednesday rally will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Downtown Park, 11th and Spring Streets in Paso Robles.


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9 Comments

  1. Sally says:

    It would be great to increase spending for the schools, lets just raise the taxes.
    OOOOOOOOOOOOps more business and individuals would just leave the state so income would go down. That won’t work so what do we do?
    There is no money!
    If you don’t like what is happening now just wait till bankrupcy judge makes the decisions.

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    • Cindy says:

      Yippie, BK judge will cut the obvious pork which is inflated salaries and benefits. Want a job, take a pay cut, don’t want a pay cut, someone else will fill the position.

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  2. Liberandos says:

    Umm, I don’t mean to state the obvious, but CAUSE is a group formed by the teachers union with union money, masquerading as a grass roots effort.

    This is not an education rally. An education event leads me to believe there will be books, and puzzles, math games and a science fair. What fun! Oh, not really because this is just a Public Education Funding Rally. (Karen, your bias is showing a bit here.)

    Don’t drink the Kool-Aid!

    The Union goons are coming!

    The union goons are coming!

    I’m just saying…

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    • Cindy says:

      I love this post, it’s soooooooooooo TRUE.
      Funny that the group isn’t about bringing California schools up to one of the top 10 BEST states providing education in the country. NOOOOOOOO – Get this.

      “teachers, and students together to speak up against recent education budget cuts and return California to a Top Ten state in funding for schools.”

      No more money for you.

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      • Liberandos says:

        From the link above, the biggest group of “advocates” is the California School Employees Association (CSEA) which has 58 members. Al other categories combined had less than that. Here is a good one from the CSEA board one member telling another about the big “protest”

        “…Signs will be provided; no march. We have free food, music, raffles and – of course – speakers lined up. We’re asking people to wear their CSEA blue – or any blue shirt…”

        But no short stories, writing contests or workshops, Google Earth tie in to social studies lessons or anything else that most of us think of as educational…

        They are not even hiding the union affiliation over there.

        Free food? who could resist that! The local news coverage should be interesting.
        Look for the BlueShirts!

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  3. stacey says:

    What is the cost of not educating the people who are here? It is easy to say that private school teachers get paid less and provide a superior education but do you have proof? Socio-economic status of families is the most influential predictor of student success. And don’t minimize the fact that private schools handpick their students. I have gotten some of the kids they didn’t feel like dealing with in my classes.

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    • Liberandos says:

      Well public vs. private is a big ol’ can of worms. But yes private school teachers make 10 to 20% less each paycheck, and far less when it comes to retirement…

      I am an advocate of paying good teachers more, and getting rid of bad teachers, kinda like what happens in other, non-union professions…

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  4. stacey says:

    What is the cost of not educating the people who are here? It is easy to say that private school teachers get paid less and provide a superior education but do you have proof? Socio-economic status of families is the most influential predictor of student success. Affluent families have benefits reaching beyond the schools’ sphere of influence. They just don’t pay their hired help very well!!!

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  5. Spectator says:

    I wonder if they will discuss the cost of educating the illegal alien children. Perhaps if this money was spent on our own citizens, education would get better. However, I strongly feel that the problem of poor education could be solved by better teachers, not more money. Private school teachers get paid far less and have fewer benefits than public school teachers, yet provide superior education. Of course private schools can be picky about the students they take.

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