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Campuses prepare for rallies against education cuts

From Humboldt State in the north to UC San Diego in the south and many colleges, high schools and elementary campuses in between, the lessons Thursday will be in how to protest state cuts in education funding.

Rallies, teach-ins and student walkouts are scheduled throughout California, and around the nation, in what organizers describe as a "Day of Action" in opposition to teacher layoffs, furlough days and rising student fees. Much of the day’s activities are being organized by labor unions and student government organizations, which predict that thousands of students, faculty and staff will participate.

In the Los Angeles area, events are planned Thursday morning and afternoon at, among other campuses, UCLA, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Northridge and Santee High School. The largest rally is expected to start at 4 p.m. at downtown Los Angeles’ Pershing Square, followed by a march to the state office building on Spring Street that houses an office for the governor.

Campus police forces said they are preparing for large turnouts that might spill into surrounding neighborhoods in places such as Westwood and Berkeley. Last week, demonstrators in Berkeley damaged a UC building under renovation and then set fire to trash cans in the nearby Telegraph Avenue shopping district, and officials fear a repeat of that Thursday.

-- Larry Gordon

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Comments () | Archives (3)

so glad that this is happening. our education system is being killed softly on a daily basis and nobody seems to care, as long as they get 'theirs'. this has to stop! FREE, QUALITY K-16 NOW!!!

thank you, protestors, for looking out for the next generation of californians!!!

open your valets, and contribute money to education DIRECTLY.don't wait to be taxed for this, we need the money, NOW...utla.

I am so proud. They will not stay silent and let the government slowly kill they're dreams and education instead they will speak out. Our students are the ones who are being hit the hardest but unfortunately are getting no say. The fight against state cuts should continue until we win. Why is it that our educational system must suffer, how much more will I have to pay to receive a college education which is a right to everyone and should have no price to begin with.


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