Education budget cuts protested in ‘Day of Action’

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Teachers and students rallied on March 4 to protest cuts to education and to stir up support for higher salaries for educators.

Before school, teachers and students held signs and banged on drums at the 47th Avenue entrance to the school to show their feelings about the education budget. Many cars honked in support.

At 9:15 a.m., all schools in OUSD were scheduled to hold fire drills to symbolize their support for education funding. Some students  at Fremont Federation chose to walk out after the drill, many saying they were going to join other protests in the city.

Teachers have been working without a contract since June 2008. The last offer from the school district was to give them a zero percent raise. The district says it cannot afford to pay teachers more; the teachers union says the district needs to make different priorities for how it spends the money it does have.

The teachers union voted to authorize a one-day strike. It is scheduled for April 22.