Five area schools are scheduled to take part in a statewide “day of action” in support of public schools beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 24.
Educate Our State, a parent-driven organization dedicated to supporting and saving public education, is organizing the statewide rally to demand change and insist that lawmakers fully fund K-12 schools.
The organization is also asking that Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed tax extensions be passed so that no more cuts will come to education, an organization spokesperson said.
An initiative called “Wake Up California” calls for parents to take their children to school wearing pajamas May 24 to draw attention to the education crisis. Rallies are slated to take place locally at Venice High School and Grand View, Mar Vista, and Beethoven elementary schools, as well as at Franklin Elementary in Santa Monica, according to the group.
“Parents want to bring attention to the crisis facing our schools” said Teri Levy, co-founder of Educate Our State. “Parents are frustrated and want our legislators to save public education funding.”
Later that day, a larger rally is planned at the federal building in Los Angeles.