By MATT SEIFMAN

On May 12, thousands of New York City teachers, union members and activists marched to demand "Make big banks and millionaires pay." New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposes laying off 4,000 public school teachers. PHOTO: Teacher's Unite
On May 12, thousands of New York City teachers, students and activists marched to demand: “Make big banks and millionaires pay.” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposes getting rid of 6,000 public school teachers. PHOTO: Teachers Unite

All across the United States, teachers and students are coming together in their local districts to protest the number of teachers losing their job. Local and federal governments are making large cuts in the amount of money they give to public schools. If there are fewer teachers in schools it will affect kids, as it will lead to larger class sizes (more students per classroom).

According to The Huffington Post, thousands of teachers in California protested against the possibility of big cuts in the local education budget and to convince lawmakers to support the governor’s plan to increase the money schools get from taxes. Large protests took place in Sacramento, the state capital, where 27 teachers were arrested for refusing to leave the inside of the capitol building.

In Florida, teachers in the Broward County School District crowded the sidewalks around the district office to protest the cuts in teaching jobs and the lack of raises for teachers. According to the Sun Sentinal, a local newspaper in Florida, the Broward Teachers Union estimates that “about 2,500 teachers showed up for the protest.”

In New York City, Free Speech Radio News reports that teachers and families are continuing weekly protests called “Fight Back Fridays.” Protesters are asking the City Council to turn down New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s budget plan, which calls for 6,000 teachers to lose their jobs and cuts money for education programs that serve lower income communities. On June 2, nearly 600 students from Leon M. Goldstein High School in Brooklyn, New York walked out of their classes to protest. Student Miranda Young told News 12, “…we will do this and make a stand, we want the mayor to see that we are here, we do know what’s going on, and we won’t stand for it.”

A kindergarten class bulletin board at PS 291 in the Bronx, New York.
A kindergarten class bulletin board at PS 291 in the Bronx, New York.