Two dozen Burbank Unified teachers — many toting laptops and stacks of papers — crowded the food court at the Burbank Town Center on Wednesday for a “grade-in,” meant to draw attention to ongoing budget cuts to public education.
“Even though we are a wealthier district than some other areas, we are still up against really deep cuts,” said Lori Adams, president of the Burbank Teachers Assn. “This year is going to be bad, and if it continues down this road, nobody is going to be solvent anymore.”
The event coincided with the Day of the Teacher, an annual recognition of educators. It was also staged in concert with a week of demonstrations spearheaded by the California Teachers Assn. and its local affiliates in communities throughout the state. The week will culminate Friday afternoon with a rally at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles.
Much of the union’s focus has been on getting legislators to extend existing tax hikes to avoid another round of severe cuts. Public schools have lost $18 billion in funding since the 2008-09 school year, according to the California Teachers Assn. And some 30,000 educators and 10,000 school staff members have been laid off during the last three years.