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Piedmont’s Pink Friday

Posted by Len Gilbert on March 12, 2009

Wearing pink on Friday, March 13th is one of the ways CTA hopes to draw attention to the education budget issue.

stand-up-for-schoolsCTA is asking the public to join in by wearing pink to support the teachers. Many Piedmont staff will be wearing pink on Friday, March 13 as this is the date that state law requires lay-off notices or “pink slips” be handed to teachers. Wednesday night, the Piedmont Board of Education, authorized the release of temporary teachers and lay-off notices for tenured teachers, administrators, counselors and librarians, affecting at least 50 of PUSD staff. This action was necessary for the District to balance its budget shortfall of up to $1.5 million for 2009-10 school year. Other lay-off notices and budget reductions are anticipated over the next several months.
Throughout the State, it is anticipated that more than 25,000 teachers will receive “pink slips.” From the Pink Friday 2009 website:

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California’s public schools, colleges and universities are facing more than $11 billion in state budget cuts. These cuts are going to impact an entire generation of kids and alter public education for years to come.

March 13 is the deadline for school districts to issue preliminary pink slips to California’s teachers. Last year, more than 10,000 teachers got pink slips and nearly 5,000 lost their jobs. And this year could be much worse.

Please join us on Friday, March 13 and Stand Up for Schools.

What You Can Do

1. Wear pink on Friday, March 13 to show your support for public schools, students and educators.

2. Organize or attend an event at a school near you.

3. Call or e-mail your Legislator. Tell them that investing in public education is an investment in California’s future.

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