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School funding rally set for Thursday in Pleasant Hill

The PTA will host a rally Thursday afternoon in Pleasant Hill for parents, students, teachers and community members worried about cuts to schools and children’s services.

The rally starts at 4:30 p.m. at College Park High School, 201 Viking Drive in Pleasant Hill.

Featured speakers include Saint Mary’s basketball star Omar Samhan and TV Survivor favorite Yau-Man Chan along with California State PTA President Jo Loss, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Joseph Ovick and Diablo Valley College President Judy Walters. They will call for the state to adequately fund education.

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, and Assemblymembers Joan Buchanan of Alamo, Nancy Skinner of Berkeley and Tom Torlakson of Antioch will also speak.

“Our schools and children’s services are facing the worst funding situation in over 30 years if the state doesn’t raise revenues,” says Nancy Vandell, vice president for education and legislation for the county-level 32nd District PTA, organizer of the event. “These cuts will affect classroom programs and threaten students’ preparation for college and careers.  We encourage everyone who supports education to attend this rally.”

The PTA will ask those who attend to sign letters to the governor, state legislator and the petition for the PTA-supported initiative, Local Control of Local Classrooms Funding Act.

For more information, visit www.32ndPTA.org.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen