Thursday, March 04, 2010

Teachers rally against Brewer's wrong-track and massive cuts to education

Cronkite News Service

Katie Barnes said state lawmakers should spend time with her and other teachers before making deep cuts to education funding.

"These are tough times and there are tough decisions to be made, but continuing to attack education, teachers and education professionals is wrong," sad Barnes, who teaches American history to seventh-graders at Fees Middle School in Tempe.

"We work with kids and teach our subjects, so we know what we are talking about."

On Wednesday, Barnes and dozens of other teachers and education leaders descended on the State Capitol for the Arizona Education Association's March4Schools, hoping to make their case as lawmakers consider another round of budget cuts.

AEA President John Wright said cutting all-day kindergarten, AIMS intervention programs and career and technical programs would make Arizona less competitive.

"We are at risk of losing exactly the types of programs that international research says we need to be improving," he said.

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