Local Teachers Rally to Get Schools on Right Track

The theme of Monday's rally was "putting California back on track."

With just over one week to go till Election Day and one of public education's most critical ballot measures failing in the polls, local members of the California Teachers' Association (CTA) took to the rails Monday in a rally to promote their support of Proposition 30 and their opposition to Proposition 32.

A group of San Carlos Teachers' Association (SCTA) members greeted the 4:10 southbound train, waiving signs and giving thumbs up to educators who were onboard the train as it traveled from San Francisco to San Jose.

"We're here to encourage everyone to get out and support our schools by voting 'yes' on Prop 30 and 'no' on prop 32," said Diane McGuigan, a teacher at White Oaks Elementary School and co-president of the San Carlos Teachers' Association (SCTA).

McGuigan and SCTA co-president Carol Campbell (Tierra Linda Middle School), led a group of about 20 supporters as they shared the message about why passing Prop. 30 is so critical.

Put on the ballot by Gov. Jerry Brown to prevent massive cuts to schools, Prop 30 would increase taxes for people who make over $250,000 per year for the next seven years by one percent. It would also increase California's sales tax by one quarter of one cent for the next four years to fund state programs, such as schools and public safety.

Sequoia Union High School District board member Carrie DuBois also joined in the rally on the platform to show her support.

"I'm here in support of our teachers," said DuBois.

Even those not quite old enough to vote got their first taste of activism.

Russell Lansing, sporting a Giants cap, slept soundly in his Snuggly as his mom, Angela Lansing, SCTA treasurer, waved her signs and promoted the groups' message on the platform.

For more information on Nov. 6 ballot propositions, click here.



Andrew Peceimer October 30, 2012 at 09:13 PM
How about putting on the front page of the Patch an article about those of us who do not believe in more school spending?
Jeni October 30, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Silly Andrew....Patch doesn't need to have an article on the front page about those who do not believe in more school spending. I heard that when you're opposed to something, you can do this really cool thing called "voting" where you can make a difference! If you're against Prop 30, then vote no.
Andrew Peceimer October 31, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Thanks Jeni...Not sure if you follow the Patch or other other media outlets but there is usually never any front page articles about NO positions with tax increase propositions. Thus are we reading Tax and Spend Pravda?
Andrew Peceimer November 01, 2012 at 04:44 PM
So where is School money going? http://blogs.investors.com/capitalhill/index.php/home/35-politicsinvesting/1911-california-school-spending-soared-on-administrators


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