Today was a Day of Action in the San Ramon Valley as well as the rest of Contra Costa County and the state as teachers and parents joined to protest budget cuts to public education.
"Each school is doing their own thing. There's not a districtwide activity or demonstration but most, if not all, are doing something," said School District Spokesman Terry Koehne. "It ranges from standing out on the sidewalk before and after school and handing out fliers, to wearing pink shirts or arm bands."
Some gathered before school with signs. Staff from Greenbrook Elementary School planned to be on the four corners of Sycamore Valley Road after school. In San Ramon, teachers from Walt Disney were to distribute fliers after school on Pine Valley Road and Pebble Place, and Bollinger Canyon Elementary planned to march north on San Ramon Valley Boulevard from Bollinger Canyon Road.
"The whole idea is to bring awareness to the issue," said Koehne.
Teachers in the Mount Diablo Unified School District planned to hold rallies in the afternoon in Concord, Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek, said Mike Noce, president of the Mt. Diablo Teachers Association.
Schools held disaster drills this morning as a symbolic gesture to show the disaster budget cuts are causing to public education.
Teachers and union representatives in the Mount Diablo Unified School District held a news conference at Monte Gardens Elementary School in Concord before school started today. State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan and a representative from Assemblyman Tom Torlakson's office spoke at the event, Noce said.