The entire community is invited to attend a "Day of Action" rally that's being hosted by the Sunnyside Education Association next Monday, Nov. 28, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.
Dan Thomas, the chief negotiator for the local teachers association, said the rally is a means for people to show they are advocates for students, the schools and the community, in light of "...how the proposed cuts to the state budget could drastically affect the educational process."
Monday's rally in Sunnyside is just one of numerous rallies that are being planned statewide on Nov. 28, the same day legislators return to Olympia in an attempt to pare approximately $2 billion from the state budget.
Of the budget cutting proposals that have been pitched thus far, shortening the length of the school year and paring levy equalization funding are among the suggested ideas.
According to the Washington Education Association, Monday's rallies are intended to relay the message to lawmakers that enough is enough. "Education and students have already absorbed more than their fair share of cuts.
"It is time to protect school funding and give our students the well-rounded, quality education they deserve," say WEA officials.