Cruel timing! LAUSD makes the final bloodmatch in our “64 Worst” series during the same week as California’s Day of the Teacher.
As I have mentioned before, state budget cuts are threatening most school districts—not just LAUSD. The California Teachers Association has provided a list of protests and rallies being held statewide to bring attention to this matter.
Actions being held locally include those by United Teachers Los Angeles, who will be picketing before and after school to make parents and community aware of the budget cuts. Teachers from Burbank, Pasadena, Whittier, Downey, Long Beach, and all over Orange County will be gathering at schools, civic centers, and city halls in protest.
A short list of ideas for Teacher Day, after the jump!
• If you have the money to buy a gift certificate, then office supply stores are great. Teachers spend a lot of their own money on supplies, and this would alleviate some stress. If you want something more personal, buy a gift certificate to a masseuse you know and like.
• You and your child should make a card. Nothing major—even a quick note will suffice.
• Bake some cookies. Or a pie. Some teachers will even allow you to take them out to dinner. In fact, if you’d like, you’re more than welcome to come over tomorrow and make my dinner, if you so prefer.
• Never underestimate the power of a small “thank you” delivered by a student or a parent. Take a moment to shake their hand.
• If you are a teacher, take your colleagues out for a drink… or two. No more than three, you still have to drive home in time for that dinner.