Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles will be filled to the brim on Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. as UTLA leads a march in support of public schools and opportunity for all students. Supporters of public education from throughout the L.A. area are invited to stand with UTLA educators, who are locked in an ongoing struggle to defend public schools from LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner and his desire to treat education like a business.
Despite massive reserves ($1.86 BILLION!), Beutner and L.A. Unified are dead set on continued cuts to neighborhood schools, which has led the district and UTLA down the path to a potential strike in January. Much like the signs all over Los Angeles (and nationwide) proclaiming support for UTLA educators and strong neighborhood public schools, the Dec. 15 March for Public Education will show Beutner and the school district that the people of Los Angeles stand with teachers in demanding the funding our students deserve.
The 33,000 educators of UTLA are fighting for: smaller class sizes; more nurses, counselors, psychologists and librarians; less testing and more teaching; competitive wages; charter and co-location regulation; school safety; community schools and support for families; and greater investment in adult, early and bilingual education.
You don’t have to wait until next weekend to support the march though. UTLA is inviting teachers, students, local artists and community members to join a three-day art build this weekend to create materials for the march. The build starts today at 4 p.m. and runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days this weekend at SPARC (Social and Public Art Resource Center), 685 Venice Blvd. in Venice.