Teachers hand out blue books to Sacramento lawmakers

May 12, 2011 1:16:32 AM PDT
Wednesday was day three of a five-day statewide teachers' protest in Sacramento against staggering cuts to the education budget.

Teachers were going door-to-door Wednesday at the state capitol, handing out blue books to lawmakers. Their homework assignment is to find ways to restore funding to school districts.

"People always hear about the budget crisis, the budget crisis, but this is real to education. It's real teachers, real people in my school losing their jobs, and more kids and more seats next year," said Cathy Lee, a San Lorenzo teacher.

School funding accounts for more than 40 percent of the state's general fund spending, but it has fallen from $71 billion in the 2007-08 fiscal year to $64 billion this fiscal year.

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