In public acts to raise awareness of the propose, Healdsburg teachers and administrators began to take it to the streets this morning.
At both and, teachers and at least one administrator held up signs protesting the cutbacks that threaten California education.
“We’re already under tremendous pressure to get students to a certain amount of academic excellence,” said FMS teacher Elizabeth Vega. “These cuts hurt the kids and make it night on impossible to do our jobs.”
“[Cutbacks] create all kinds of fallouts apart from the obvious," Vega added. "The kids are suffering.
“This is not anti-school or anti-education—it’s pro-education," Vega said. "Public schools determine what our future will be.”
Annie Millar, director of curriculum and instruction for the Healdsburg Unified School District, stood in front of Healdsburg High School on Powell Street.
“This is a collaboration between administrators, classified workers and teachers all together,” Millar said.
According to Rebel Fagin, HHS teacher and advisor to the school’s Progressive Club, “We’re here because education is the foundation of democracy and democracy matters.”
Healdsburg High School principal Chris Vanden Heuvel was in the classroom and could not be reached for comment.
HUSD Superintendent Jeff Harding objected to categorizing this morning's events as a protest. He stated that the desire of the administration and teachers is to educate the public.
“We’ve [California schools] gone from the best funded school districts in the country in the '70s and '80s to being ranked 49th in the country," Harding said. "That’s an embarrassment and travesty.”
Demonstrations will continue all week in front of Healdsburg Schools. In addition, there will be a rally in the Healdsburg Plaza from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m ,Wednesday.
Voter registration forms, flyers and postcards to local legislators will be available to the public.