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Santa Rosa teachers appeal for support

  • Piner High School teachers John Wehdy, left, and Robert Lopez hold signs in courthouse square in downtown Santa Rosa during a teachers rally, Feb. 25, 2012.

Hundreds of teachers and their supporters gathered Saturday in Santa Rosa's Old Courthouse Square, seeking support for public education in the face of looming budget cuts again this year.

With the theme "Public Education Strengthens our Community," about 200 people held signs aloft for drivers to see, listened to speakers and collected classroom supplies in the event sponsored by the Santa Rosa Teachers Association.

Susan Feige, a teacher at Procter Terrace Elementary School, spent part of Saturday afternoon at the rally instead of completing report cards and grades for her students, which have to be posted Monday.

"Everyone is busy. It's easy to find reasons not to come, but it's important to show solidarity," she said. "I'm not a political person, but I want to be out here as long as I can."

She rallied with friend Tammy Finck, a kindergarten teacher at Biella Elementary School, who also spent part of her day off preparing her classroom for the week's classes.

The teachers union staged the "Day of Action" rally to increase awareness of likely budget reductions again this year.

Santa Rosa City Schools officials last month decided to explore putting a tax measure before voters in November to offset a potential $8.3 million in cuts for the upcoming school year.


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