The Los Angeles Board of Education voted Tuesday to lay off as many as 5,400 teachers – Employees protested

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The Los Angeles Board of Education voted Tuesday to lay off as many as 5,400 teachers and support personnel for the upcoming school year as employees protested raucously outside the meeting.
The vote came hours after the board voted to save the jobs of 1,996 elementary school teachers using federal stimulus funds.
The Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest school system, faces a $596 million budget shortfall for the 2009-10 school year.

The district is getting about $180 million in federal stimulus money, and one teachers union said all of that money should be used immediately to save jobs.
But Cortines said that won’t happen. Read More

This crisis will hit many schools in America before its over. Wonder if those 5,400 teachers and support personnel feel that they are better off today than they were 3 years ago?

Are you Los Angeles School teachers at a Tea Party today? If not you should be!
LINKS:

(1) A Tax Day Tea Party cheat sheet: How it all started

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2 comments on “The Los Angeles Board of Education voted Tuesday to lay off as many as 5,400 teachers – Employees protested

  1. What was probably the icing on the cake for the tea parties was when Rick Perry, Texas’ governor stated that Texas can secede from the union. That will draw a lot of attention but more importantly it sends the message that these movements are serious for such strong words to be used. While the media will say they Texas does not have the right to do this outright (there are some court cases which agree, there are certain paths they can take to get this goal).

    While they do not have the right to do this outright, there are certain paths they can take to get this goal. Come on, you know this is possible because this is the same country which gives exceptions to tax cheats through cleaver legal
    maneuvers.

    Really it is just using the legal system creatively.

    Texas probably has the best chance at success. Here is just one way how it can work. The annexation agreement made when Texas joined the union provided that Texas would be able to divide into 5 states. This would create 8 more conservative Senators.

    If Texas were to try to divide and be rebuffed, the US would be in violation of the agreement and Texas should be able to go free.

    It is not all that far fetched.

    Regardless of the TX situation, the movement was larger than expected. And it is just a start because the thing about grass roots is that it will only take hold, grow and spread.

    Some pics here:

    http://tinyurl.com/texasmayleave

  2. Thanks jordan, I have to agree with you cause if any State would secede it would be Texas first and many would then follow!

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