The Mt. Diablo Education Association is organizating several demonstrations of students, teachers, and staff today to protest $17 billion in state budget cuts to schools and colleges over the past two years.
These Mt. Diablo Unified efforts are part of March 4 Statewide Day of Action involving demonstrations around the state, including on college campuses such as UC Berkeley. A march and rally will take place in front of San Francisco' City Hall this evening.
These demonstrations are expected to be underway in various places around the state, starting soon. In the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, students, staff and teachers at Clayton Valley High School were scheduled to begin their demonstration outside the school at 7 a.m. After-school demonstrations will take place at the following locations, according to the Mt. Diablo Education Association blog: Ygnacio Valley Rd and Oak Grove; Treat and Clayton Rd; and Monument and Contra Costa Boulevard.
Organizers note that "entire art, music and PE programs have been eliminated, more than 16,000 educators were laid off, and large California corporations enjoyed tax breaks."
"This year, in the wake of all these cuts, our students and schools are being threatened again. We can’t let that happen."
Just this week, the Mt. Diablo school board is contemplating making $6 million in cuts every year to its $71-million-a-year special education program. Those cuts could mean that the district would eliminate the positions of 37 special education teachers and 65 special education assistants, according to the Mayor of Claycord. It could also mean that teachers in classrooms would need to be trained to accommodate special education students in their non-special education classrooms.