SJ school workers rally to protest school cuts

August 5, 2009 5:33:41 PM PDT
An estimated 2,000 school workers rallied in downtown San Jose on Wednesday.

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Members of the California School Employees Association holding their annual meeting at the McEnery Convention Center staged a march and rally to protest cuts to education. The marchers represent nearly 230,000 school workers from food services to office and clerical staff.

They say the nearly $18 billion in cuts to education hurts children and the future of the state's economy which depends on an educated workforce. Several union groups vowed to work together to pressure the Governor and Legislature to reach a balanced budget without drastic cuts to education.

State Schools Superintendent Jack O'Connell joined the protestors and told ABC 7 "The actions in Sacramento are eliminating text book preparation to the year 2016, the actions in Sacramento have cut the school year five days and it's simply further putting our students at competitive disadvantage with other states and countries." The rally organizers delivered pennies and postcards to the offices of several state lawmakers with the message " Great schools can't run on pennies."

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