May 14th: Day of the Teacher

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.

2 thoughts on “May 14th: Day of the Teacher”

  1. I will agree that teachers work hard.

    But not hard enough when we’re 49th in the nation when it comes to our public schools.

    I wouldn’t be rewarded with hugs and cookies and drinks if I were shitty at my job.

    (Not to say teachers are the only people to blame – it’s parents, it’s environments and – mostly – it’s just the fact that there’s a LOT of stupid people who’d rather watch American Idol and play on the MySpace and that’s just basic Darwinism).

    – Aaron Proctor

  2. If I may, here is a budget cut protest. Brought to you by a some PTA moms: (and I know you read in the paper today that the govener is backing off on his eudcation cuts, BUT the GOP is still pushing for them. So we still need to protest)
    Micheltorena School mom

    Protest School Budget Cuts

    Please join
    Ventura &L.A. County
    PTAs &C.O.R.E
    at a
    Flunk the Budget Rally!

    Let your voice be heard at
    Governor Schwarzenegger’s
    Downtown Los Angeles Office

    Friday, May 16, 2008
    Meet at 10:30 am in Pershing Square at 5th &Hill. We will walk together with our protest signs to the Governor’s office at 3rd &S. Spring and rally until noon.

    Please consider using public transportation. Parents from the Valley and Ventura County will be meeting at the Canoga Park bus station, 6610 Canoga Ave (free parking at the station just north of Victory) at 8:45am* to board the Orange line, to change to the Red line in N. Hollywood. There are Red and Purple Metro Line exits at 5th Street, across from Pershing Square. $5 for all day, round trip transit pass. Get the pass at the self-serve machine at the bus stop, cash only. *The metro bus leaves approximately every 10 minutes, at this time of day. The trip will take about 1-½ hours each way.


    [email protected] for LVUSD or Aleta Smith (805) 498-4051 for PTA

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