Educate Our State Organizes Parents, Students and Supporters to Join Statewide Effort to Tell California's State Leaders, “Don’t Blow It!”

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This budget does not even come close to working for California's kids. And, in silent protest, Educate Our State is organizing at the school level, asking parents to hold rallies, blow bubbles and send legislators letters telling them to do their job and create a budget that works for kids and actually supports public education.

On March 15th, parents and students from all over California will join the statewide launch of Educate Our State’s new campaign, “This Budget Blows,” by holding a bubble-blowing rally to send the message to our state leaders, “Don’t blow it! Pass a budget that fully funds education now!”

On behalf of the over six million children educated in public schools in the state of California, Educate Our State is organizing parents, students and supporters to express their frustration with the current budget proposal. “The current budget ties education funding to a not-yet-passed initiative in November despite the fact schools need to pay for their teachers and programs now. We are fed up with the state of education in California and the inability of the legislature to provide the leadership to support our schools,” said Kalimah Salahuddin, an Educate Our State board member from Pacifica.

On March 15, the notorious “Pink Slip” day, thousands of teachers will get lay-off notices. In silent protest of these and other devastating cuts, students, parents and community leaders will be blowing bubbles in rallies throughout the state to tell our leaders, “Don’t blow it! You have the power to fund education now!” These launch events will publicize the need for parents to take action by sending letters to state legislators through Educate Our State’s website. “Parents want to bring attention to the crisis facing our schools,” said Crystal Brown, an Educate Our State founder and leader. “Because the proposed budget is dependent upon an initiative passing long after school begins, districts are looking at cutting 20,000 teachers statewide, shortening the school year, and eliminating nearly all enrichment programs just to open their doors come fall.” California lags behind all but a few states with respect to funding (lower than 43rd), standardized test scores (math 43rd and reading 46th; NAEP 4th Grade 2009), and staff to student ratios (50th, NCES Common Core of Data, 2007-2008). For a detailed review of the proposed budget with regards to education, please sign on to

Educate Our State, a grassroots movement with 40,000 supporters statewide, is launching the “This Budget Blows” campaign to bring public awareness to the dire situation in which California's public education system currently finds itself

Educate Our State leaders stress that this event is not just about funding for education – rather, it is about making education the priority it needs to be in order for California to thrive.

For more information about the campaign, please visit, Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at #thisbudgetblows or #educateourstate.


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