District Leaders Respond to SCTA May 22nd Strike Announcement
District leaders call for "joining forces" to save Sac City schools and demand full and fair school funding
SACRAMENTO, CA—Sacramento City Unified Board of Education President Jessie Ryan and Superintendent Jorge Aguilar released the following statements today in response to an announcement by leaders of the Sacramento City Teachers Association that they plan to strike again on May 22nd.
Board President Jessie Ryan Statement:
District and teacher’s union leaders both embrace the larger effort to secure more school funding. On May 22nd rather than striking, we should join forces to demand full and fair funding at CTA’s #RedforEd Capitol Action Day. California ranks an abysmal 41st out of 50 states in per-student spending—well below the funding we need to provide a high-quality education for our students. It would send a powerful message to policymakers if we were to harness our collective energy and come together to show the state why it’s imperative that we take action now to fully fund K-12 education.
Superintendent Jorge Aguilar Statement:
SCTA leaders have announced another strike at a time when our district is running out of money, on the brink of insolvency and state takeover. We should be working together to save our schools, not working against each other. This strike will once again have a negative impact on our students, particularly those with the greatest needs. Almost half of our students showed up to school during the last one-day strike on April 11th because our schools are safe havens that provide them with a safe learning environment, healthy meals and other supports. That is why our schools will once again be open on May 22nd. It is our hope that rather than go on strike, SCTA leaders will join forces with us so we can march to the Capitol together on May 22nd to request more funding for our schools.
Click here to view a chronological history of correspondence between District and SCTA leaders related to the upcoming strike. For updates on the current budget situation, visit our Budget Updates web page.