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Calif. Teachers Plan ‘Pink Friday’ Protest

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Aired 4/20/09

Teachers from around San Diego County will take part  in a statewide "Pink Friday" demonstration after school Friday to protest  budget cuts that could lead to tens of thousands of layoffs.

Dressed in pink to signify the more than 20,000 "pink slips"  California teachers will receive, San Diego-area educators will protest along  roadways and on freeway overpasses around the county.

Demonstrations are scheduled in Carmel Valley, San Marcos, Carlsbad,  Oceanside, Fallbrook, Escondido, Ramona, National City, Chula Vista, National  City and San Diego, according to the California Teachers Association.

"I'm asking all Californians to wear pink this Friday to show their  support for our public schools," David Sanchez, president of the 340,000- member CTA, said in a statement.

According to the CTA, more than $11 billion in state education cuts were  approved in the recent state budget.

"These cuts are going to hurt an entire generation of children and  damage California's public education system for years to come," Sanchez said.

Tomorrow is the deadline for school districts to issue preliminary pink  slips to teachers, according to the CTA.

More than 20,000 teachers statewide are slated to be notified about a  possible layoff, according to the CTA. Hundreds of those educators are from San  Diego County schools.

"The new state budget makes what is the largest single budget cut ever  made to public education in California," said David Skinner, president of the  Del Mar Teachers Association, where pink slips were given to 51 full-time and  24 temporary teachers.

"Our state already ranks 47th in education funding," he said. "These  new cuts will impact an entire generation of children and escalate California's  race to the bottom in education funding."

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