Local educators traveled to the Sacramento and stood on the steps of the capitol to voice their opposition to the governor’s proposed budget this morning.
The proposed budget would cut $4.8 billion from education.
Rob Watanabe, superintendent for Bassett Unified School District, gave me a first hand account of the event.
He said at least 100 people filled the stairs of the state capitol with about 50 of them educators from LA County schools. The mood, he says, was festive with spectators holding signs that read Kids our the future. A feeling of hope was in the air, he added.
Many media outlets surrounded the rally, he said. Many legislators listened to a handful of educators speak but the Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was not in attendance, according to Watanabe.
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Want to learn how to repair a broken dishwasher? How about fixing one of those new hybrid cars?
You might want to consider one of the classes offered by Hacienda La Puente Adult Education. They’re even hosting an open house from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday to show off all their classes.
The open house will be held both the Willow Campus at 14101 E. Nelson Ave., La Puente, and the Dibble Campus at 1600 Pontenova Ave., Hacienda Heights.
In addition to appliance and auto repair, the Willow school teaches nursing, welding, accounting, and electronics among many other courses.
The Dibble school offers English as a Second Language, reflexology, computer classes and accounting, plus many more courses.
Tours will be available, and many classes have open enrollment. Who knows, maybe it’ll mean a whole new career for you!
The Sallie Mae Fund ‘Paying for College’ Bus Tour will be making a stop at two La Puente schools on Friday, March 7, to educate students and families about planning and paying for college.
The bus will stop at Sparks Middle School in La Puente to offer eighth-graders a 45-minute in-school workshop on college planning.
From there, the bus will stop at La Puente High School for two in-school workshops for freshman and sophomores, and juniors and seniors.
A $250 scholarship will be rewarded to one participating junior or senior at La Puente High.
Sallie Mae Fund’s goal is to increase access to higher education for all of America’s students – in particular lower-income and minorities.
For more information, visit www.salliemaefund.org .