Teachers, students, professors and parents assembled on the muddy lawn of the Capitol. They wore black T-shirts saying “save my education” and held signs with slogans like “what about my kids?” and “cuts hurt California’s future.” And they were fired up:
“They say cut back, we say fight back…..
Mee: “It’s really bad at community colleges. Getting into classes is absolutely ridiculous.”
Caitlin Mee is a student at two Sacramento-area community colleges.
She says she can’t get all of her classes at one school, so she’s going to two. Mee’s hoping to transfer to UC Davis soon. She’s so frustrated by the budget cuts and fee hikes at Universities that she’s decided not to pursue her chosen profession: education:
Mee: “I wanted to be a history teacher, teach maybe 8th grade. It’s not worth it. There’s no money in it. Nobody can get jobs as history professors and especially as teachers.”
“Today we make history, we’re going to let it shine….today, we make history….fade out”
Winston Lancaster is an Associate Professor at Sacramento State. He says the rally is making history:
Lancaster: “for the first time we have cooperation from every segment of education in the state, from the K-12, the community colleges and the UC’s.”
Cecil Canton is a Professor of Criminal Justice at Sacramento State. He’s also with the California Faculty Association. He says the crisis is unifying people in the education community in California – and around the nation:
Canton“now people are starting to wake up to the fact that it’s not just in their school district, it’s not just in their little college. It’s everywhere, it’s bigger.
California’s State Schools Chief says he expects a record number of layoff notices to go out to teachers this month. Governor Schwarzenegger met with higher education officials this week. He says he’s done everything he can for schools, given the state’s 20 billion dollar shortfall. However, he did promise officials that the first chunk of extra revenue that comes in would go toward Cal Grants, which help students pay for college.