Teachers protest pink slips on Pink Friday
Today is Pink Friday, the deadline for California teachers to receive preliminary layoff notices, and teachers are out in full force protesting across the state.
Prompted by billions of dollars in state budget cuts, more than 26,000 teachers have already received pink slips, including 2,300 in the Los Angeles Unified School District. These notices are warnings and must be finalized later this year. Educators are hopeful many will be rescinded by the May ballot if propositions 1A and 1B -- which would provide billions in new education spending -- are approved by voters.
Locally, students are planning a walkout protest at Fremont High School this morning, and United Teachers Los Angeles leaders will hold a news conference at the Miguel Contreras Learning Center. Across the region, protests are planned in Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, San Clemente, Moorpark, Monrovia and elsewhere.
-- Seema Mehta
Photo: Teachers Cathy Brooks, left, and Dan Hyke join others at Alhambra High School in Alhambra on Pink Friday.
Photo by: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times