Fillmore/Piru Rally for Education

Community members and educators will assemble to rally in support of Fillmore Schools on May 11. Those attending will be encouraged to target their legislators in Sacramento with postcards urging them to pass a timely budget that protects education from another year of severe cuts. People are invited to bring their families, blankets, and lawn chairs at 3:00 to the grass in front of the District Office where they can join others from the community to show support for the students and staff whose education and jobs are threatened by the ongoing budget crisis. Hot dogs and drinks will be served. After eating, a march along the nearby sidewalks will give attendees another opportunity to express their concerns and raise awareness of the inadequate funding level for education in California. If the underfunding of schools continues students in the local elementary schools may face larger class sizes, while students in high school may have larger class sizes and fewer class choices. The academic school year will remain shortened. The California’s budget battle has left the Fillmore Unified School District with great uncertainty as it builds its budget for the 2011/2012 school year. The School Board has been forced to send pink slips out to many district employees. These pink slips have been received by numerous classified, certificated, and administrative district employees. As Fillmore Unified is the largest employer in Fillmore these pink slips could adversely affect the financial health of the City of Fillmore for years to come. Rally planners are looking for a large turnout of community members and school employees to target Sacramento for its failure to adequately fund schools.