People 'standing up for schools' across SLO County

Efforts to bring attention to the deep cuts facing education in California started early on Thursday.

Teachers with the Lucia Mar Unified School District stationed themselves near their schools before class started, wearing their school colors and handing out fliers urging action on local and statewide levels.

“The schools are just in crisis,” said Kathy Minck, a teacher at Ocean View Elementary School and a state council representative for the area with the California Teachers Association.

Statewide, 150 events are planned as part of the “Stand Up for Schools” campaign.

In San Luis Obispo County, a rally is scheduled this afternoon in front of Sen. Abel Maldonado’s San Luis Obispo office.

At Cal Poly, students, faculty and staff are expected to march from Dexter Lawn to the Administration Building, where some will speak about the budget cuts and their affect on education. The events are scheduled to start at 11:10 a.m.

Associated Students of Cuesta College is sponsoring a Day of Action from noon to 3 p.m., at the flagpoles between the library and swimming pool.

“Walk out of your classes and join the rally at the flagpoles from noon til 3 p.m.,” the ASCC wrote on its Facebook page. “Learn how you can fight against $40 per unit fees next semester.”

According to the “Stand Up for Schools” campaign web site, $17 billion was cut from schools and colleges last year, and more than 16,000 educators were laid off. This week, school boards with the Lucia Mar and Paso Robles districts voted to issue layoff notices to more than 100 teachers.

-- Cynthia Lambert and AnnMarie Cornejo