Hundreds of bubbles floated out into Jefferson Avenue and streets across Redwood City Thursday morning as to tell Governor Jerry Brown this his budget was not adequately funding their schools.
“The school’s not getting enough money for all the fun stuff for students, like field trips and science,” said Roy Cloud student Anastasia Lubarsky, 8. “And Governor Brown isn’t getting this message.”
Bubble-blowing rallies at nine schools—Clifford Elementary School, Orion Elementary School, Roy Cloud School, North Star Academy, Selby Lane Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary School, Adelante Spanish Immersion School, Kennedy Middle School and John Gill Elementary School—drew attention to the problem of continuously slashed funding for public schools, especially ones in Redwood City because it is a revenue-limit district. This means it relies heavily on state funding because property taxes alone do not fund the state minimum per student.
To return the cuts made at the beginning of the school year, Gov. Brown is relying heavily on voters to pass tax measures in November.
However, school districts must draft budgets by June, without knowing whether or not they can bank on the potential funding from the tax measures.
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