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State PTA would like to 'Flunk the Budget'

Parents, educators statewide urged to voice their opposition.

Posted: April 8, 2008 3:10 a.m.
Updated: June 9, 2008 5:01 a.m.
 
Flunk the state budget, not the state's children.

That's the message the California PTA is encouraging members statewide to send to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other state government leaders.

The "Flunk the Budget" campaign asks that every PTA member write letters, make phone calls, and send faxes and e-mails to state government leaders opposing Schwarzenegger's proposed 10 percent across-the-board cuts to the state education budget.

"It's just a grassroots effort to let our government leaders know that the proposed budget is not fair," said Sabrina Utter, president of the Santa Clarita Valley Council PTA. "The goal is to get as many people as possible to concentrate their efforts to let legislators know that the budget is not okay the way it is - to flunk the budget."

Sample letters are available on the state PTA Web site, www.capta.org, along with key points to ommunicate when voicing opposition to the proposed cuts. The site recommends that most
communications take place on "Flunk-the-Budget Fridays" when state legislators are typically in their home districts, instead of in Sacramento.

"They're asking people to make most of their phone calls and send e-mails on Fridays, because they think it will send more of a message all in one day," Utter said. "We hope the legislators will realize that education is not the place to make cuts."

Parents should realize that all students will be affected by these cuts, and that one person's voice can make a difference, Utter said.

"I just wish more people understood that we really can make a difference," Utter said. "We're not held hostage to what the state leaders are doing - legislators do listen if enough people contact
them and voice their concerns."

The state PTA also plans to hold a rally opposing the proposed state budget cuts to education during its convention in May in Long Beach.

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