Below is a letter from Parents for Public Schools:
I am hoping that you might help publicize the idea of parents getting out in front of
schools very soon with umbrellas up, and placards urging Mayor Newsom and the Board of
Supervisors to release all the rainy day funds now.
As noted on the Bay Area section of the Feb. 25 Chronicle (p. B-1) 33 million is needed to
save all 500 teacher and administrator jobs of SFUSD employees who have been targeted
to receive pink slips owing to funding shortfalls. However Mayor Newsom announced that
the city is tinkering with the formula so that they would release only 11.5 million, saving
just 130-160 jobs.
Tom Ammiano, who wrote the rainy day legislation, says the intention of the legislation
should have the Mayor release the full amount.
Our public schools cannot absorb any more cuts. I am more than upset that we are in a
position of having to fight for proper implementation of a rainy day fund that we thought
was already in place.
Public schools are the heart of a democracy. I am ready to get out in front of my
daughter's school holding my umbrella and a picket sign saying: "Mayor Newsom, release
ALL rainy day funds now. 500 essential positions are on the line. It is raining on our public
What I see is teachers and administrators working their hearts out on daunting tasks. We
need to support these dedicated educators.
I know many parents feel as I do.