UC Budget Protests
Oakland North reporter Mary Flynn sends video updates from the Oakland Tech Disaster Drill. Students spill out onto the sidewalk in support of the March 4th protests.
Throughout the Oakland Unified School district, students and teachers turned out for pickets and a “disaster drill” to support California public education.
In California, a faltering economy, a burst housing bubble and dwindling tax revenues are adding to a growing budget deficit that is projected to reach $18.9 billion in the 2010-2011 fiscal year. To combat the growing deficit, lawmakers have enacted sharp cuts across the state budget, including public education at all levels, from K-12 to the University of California. School systems trying to fill budget gaps have employed stimulus money, furloughed employees, deferred hiring, cut enrollment and increased fees. Over…
More than a dozen students from several University of California campuses arrived unannounced at the office of California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assemblyman Jim Nielsen. Oakland North has exclusive video of the sit-in and an interview with a student protester.