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After Sacramento Strike Avoided, Teachers From Around The State Rally At The Capitol

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Teachers strike outside McClatchy High School on April 11, 2019.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Within the Sacramento City Unified School District, teachers have called off a strike that was previously scheduled for today, and the threat of the district running out of money has shifted to the back burner — for now.

But even while things have become less tumultuous here in the local district, educators, students and supporters from around the state will gather today at the Capitol for a rally around Red For Ed, a National Educators Association campaign to increase attention on school funding issues.

California Teachers Association President Eric Heins said he expects about 3,000 people to show up to advocate for schools statewide. While the CTA was supportive of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s revised May budget, educators have their eyes on sustaining adequate funding in the long run and pursuing legislative solutions to ongoing issues with the state’s education system.

While the rally begins at 5 p.m. at the west steps of the Capitol, for some teacher association presidents the action will kick off earlier in the day with a morning of lobbying. They’ll push for CTA’s legislative priorities that include student loan assistance for school teachers, charter school caps, and greater district authority over charters. A detailing of CTA’s legislative priorities and sponsored legislation is available here.

CapRadio’s State Government Reporter Scott Rodd discusses today’s Red For Ed Rally and Action Day before heading out to report from the Capitol.

SCUSD has two upcoming budget workshops, with the next scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at Luther Burbank High School. The final one will be 6 p.m. May 30 at Einstein Middle School.

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