SAN CARLOS, Calif. /California Newswire/ –Teachers, parents, and students of Californiaâ€™s founding charter school will run from San Carlos to Sacramento to capture attention for the dismal level of public education funding in the state. The 140-mile relay run, called the Run for Funds, by the San Carlos Charter Learning Center begins May 16. It culminates with a rally at the state capitol building on May 18, the day before the statewide vote on Propositions 1A, 1B, and 1C, which affect money allocated for K-14 education. The runners say that because the San Carlos Charter Learning Center is the stateâ€™s original public charter school, they have a mission to literally lead a charge through the streets to bring this message to California lawmakers.
â€œWe are running on behalf of all public charter schools in California and for public education and educational choice in general,â€ said Chris Mahoney, director of the San Carlos Charter Learning Center, known as SCCLC. Mahoney noted that runners from other schools along the route are expected to join the group along the way.
â€œOur schoolâ€™s funding crisis demonstrates the catastrophic lack of public education monies across California. Education is what builds productive and rewarding lives for our children and keeps America competitive. With each step we take toward Sacramento, we hope to increase awareness and motivate action to save our school and schools around the state.â€
Ted Lempert, president of Children Now, said: â€œWe all understand that children are our future and yet as a nation, we are not investing in their wellbeing. Californiaâ€™s lack of emphasis on school funding is an example of whatâ€™s wrong. I commend this effort to make public education a priority for the legislature and the public.â€ Children Now, based in Oakland, is a national non-profit organization for people who care about children and want to ensure they are the top public policy priority.
Tom Timar, Ph.D., is director of the UC Davis Center for Applied Policy in Education and professor of education in the UC Davis School of Education. â€œStrong and consistent commitment to funding of public education is essential for preparing Californiaâ€™s children to succeed. Investing in public schools should be a fundamental part of state policy.â€
SCCLC must raise $40,000 in order to ensure it can open for classes in September. The school seeks to raise another $60,000, as well, to preserve Spanish-language and library programs. In addition to capturing awareness for public education funding, the Run for Funds is a fundraiser for the school.
SCCLC eighth-grader Alexander Merian said: “Our teachers and parents will be running to Sacramento to help to preserve our school and other schools, too. I hope Governor Schwarzenegger and the politicians will listen to them.”
Matt Kowitt, parent of two SCCLC students and a school board member, said: â€œBetween now and May 16, we will be training hard so we can go the distance and get to Sacramento with our message. We encourage everyone who cares about education in California to support this cause, either by running with us, sponsoring a runner, or calling your legislators to tell them to support funds for public schools.â€
The non-profit San Carlos Charter Learning Center, a public K-8 school, and its affiliated 501 (c) (3) San Carlos Charter Learning Center Fundraising Association are located at 750 Dartmouth Ave., San Carlos, Calif. The San Carlos Charter Learning Center opened in 1994; its web site is: www.scclc.net.
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