Parents and Teachers Rally to Support Education

Wed, 05/25/2011 (All day)
Advocacy Team (if applicable): 

On May 24th, students, parents and educators from across California joined in over 20 “Wake up California” rallies to support adequate funding for public schools. The rallies were aimed at focusing attention to the financial crisis facing public schools in California. Rally participants urged the California State Legislature to pass the revenue extensions proposed by Governor Brown that would stave off any further cuts to public education.

Local "Wake up California" rallies occurred across Los Angeles County (follow the links to local news coverage):  Sherman Oaks at Milikan Middle School, Studio City, Westwood,  Long Beach at Longfellows Elementary and Downtown Los Angeles at the Visual & Performing Arts Central High School #9 (CHS9).

At the Downtown rally, participants made signs at the Art Cart, a CHS9 student rock band performed, and speeches were delivered by the principal and several parent speakers. Using signs and chants, students and parents asked Legislators to invest in the future of California and highlighted the fact that California spends over $47,000 a year per inmate and only $7,500 per student.

The rallies across the state were organized by Educate our State and local partner organizations. The Central High School #9 rally was a collaborative effort between Educate our State, the High School staff, Families in Schools, Prepare for the Future California, PUC schools, Arts for LA and other local education organizations.

To show your support for the revenue extension, please sign the online petition organized by Educate our State by clicking here.

Pictures from the Downtown Rally:

Above pictures by Lisa Rasmussen -