"This is the first time ever that teachers' unions, superintendents, and California school board members are all in the same conversation to change this up." —Joe K'ue Angeles, New Haven Teachers Association President
Rick Wathen, California Teachers Association, speaks with Alameda County Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe.
Rob Bonta, California Assemblymember and co-author of California Assembly Bill 39
Neva Rowden, CSEA - Paraeducator, San Leandro Unified School District
Dot Theodore, School Board President, Castro Valley USD
(L to R) Catherine Brown, Teacher of the Year; Jean Josey, Dublin Parent; Megan Rouse, School Board Trustee
Al Muratsuchi, California Assemblymember and author of California Assembly Bill 39
Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, California Assemblymember and principle co-author of California Assembly Bill 39
Among the key issues brought forth by rally speakers:
- Funding for California public schools has been insufficient for decades.
- Some funding has been restored recently under the Local Control Funding Formula, but it is not enough.
- California ranks among the bottom ten states in the U.S. in annual per-pupil spending.
- When the state fails to invest in public schools, students suffer. Art and music programs disappear. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is pared back to the minimum levels required under law.
- Class sizes increase with less funding.
- Schools in urban areas struggle to recruit and retain teachers with salaries that do not cover the costs of living in the area.
L. Karen Monroe, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools