As a public high school teacher and congressional candidate (CA-36), I will use my campaign phone bank to support the California Teachers
Association "State of Emergency" week of action, May 9-13, at the State Capitol and across the state.
In solidarity with teachers sitting-in in Sacramento, lobbying legislators throughout the state and tabling on college campuses, my campaign will call voters to support tax extensions to keep teachers on the job.
"Did you know California faces a state of emergency? I'm Marcy Winograd, teacher and congressional candidate, asking you to help me
save our schools," will be the message voters hear when they receive a series of calls from the Winograd for Congress campaign.
Statewide, 20,000 state teachers and health and human service professionals just received pink slips. In the Los Angeles Unified School District, 5,000 teachers face lay-offs.
I teach English at Crenshaw High School in South Los Angeles, where 19 teachers received pink slips. That's half of our English department. What a travesty that in one of the richest nations in the world, we are starving our schools - getting rid of teachers, increasing class size, and closing summer school. Why is it that our nation always has money for war, but never for education? Investing in our youth is investing in national security.
To support the week-long emergency actions, I will join teachers on the picket line in Los Angeles, phone bank to voters in the 36th District, speak to classes at El Camino College in Torrance, and conduct radio interviews about the budget crisis in our schools. The actions are designed to pressure Republican lawmakers to pass tax extensions to help balance the budget.
It is wrong to balance the budget on the backs of my students. Our young people deserve a quality public education. For some, it's literally a matter of life and death because we know that students who drop out of school too often drop into a life of crime - and eventually to prison. In Congress, I will make funding education a national priority, so we can fully staff our schools and provide our students with an exciting and relevant curriculum.
Winograd for Congress