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March 4th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Inside a crowded classroom

(CNN) – Dozens of nationwide protests are planned today in defense of education. Demonstrators in more than thirty states are taking to the streets, tired of budget cuts that are bloating classrooms and burdening teachers.

Our Casey Wian visited with one first grade teacher in California who's trying hard to cope with shrinking budgets and increased class sizes in light of threatened lay-offs.

Read more: Students to protest funding cuts

Sound off: What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with education cuts? Are the cuts affecting you? What alternatives do you suggest? Post your comments below.

Filed under: Education cuts
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Bob in Ohio

    Politicians have been elected on the platform of "I can cut taxes!" Now we see where these cuts have gotten us. I went to an Olive Garden restaurant. The waiter and I discussed the matter. She said, "I quit teaching and came to work here because I make more here in tips than I earned as a teacher, and when I am off I am off, no papers to grade, no parent's gripes to put up with. She said that she served two "shifts a day, lunch and dinner" and served over 100 meals.

    also, teachers purchase many of their supplies for class rooms. Districts are broke.

    You people need to get off those stools and go out and find out for yourself the problems in the schools. Thank you. Bob in Ohio

    March 10, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  2. Frank

    Where are and what are the technology that are going to allow a teacher to aid a student learning in crowded classrooms? I seen on the news that under performing student were put in a program where they helped each other in study groups to learn. May be the skilled retired grandparents can volunteer to aid in learning in the classroom? May be teaching half the class at a time with an instructional interactive DVD and while half the class listen to that the teacher answers question of student that have watch the instructional interative DVD.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:56 am |
  3. Frank

    The Myth that Government waste all money has run a muck. Cutting education is the wrong choice and sent a bad message to students. Improving education should reduce future government expense in time threw creative job creater and employment.

    March 8, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  4. David Bender

    Roll back Governor Reagan's education support cuts.

    March 5, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
  5. Laura Schwab

    Public education has never been equitable, but the caveat is growing at a fast rate. Company CEO's wouldn't like it if they had millions of dollars yanked from their existing budget. While some alterations cannot be helped, this drastic of an amount cannot be totally attributed to a downturned economy. I think of the old military alliteration of 7 P's, proper prior planning prevents poor performance. In this age of teacher accountability, it is no small wonder that teacher moral is down. If teachers planned as poorly as our government does in regard to education, we would loose our jobs. We've gone from "Johnny Can't Read" to "Johnny Can't Have His Own Book or a Decent Place to Read It". The public shouldn't wait for teachers to rebell; afterall this is their children and their future that is being affected.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  6. jay

    the only way to reduce college costs is to do like Georgia. Tie Lottery sales directly to Trade Schools, Colleges and Universities.

    The formula works like this; maintain a B average and the Lottery will support you. For those who do not believe in the lottery, many employers, for those of you who have a job, offer tuition reimbursement to academic minded folks.
    Everybody does not need a college degree out of High School. Many go back to College after career stagnation or job elimination. I, like many, went back to college after 20 years in the Heavy Metal Manufacturing arena.
    Over 50 with lots of experience and quite the Degree was paid for by the TRA/TAA Funds for displaced workers whose job loss was directly instigated by offshore competiton.
    Our nation is a curious place, our Euro friends subsidize their industry's in many instances. Here, we subsidize displaced workers after the fact......I often see parallels here in the U.S. with Russian citizens....for decades the Russians turned out thousands of degree-ed individuals resulting in over educated intelligentsia roaming the streets in search of the perfect career.....Think about it, Heavy Manufacturing has all but disappeared in the U.S....many of us now are in search for the perfect job or the lost chord.

    March 4, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  7. Joseph Daniel Brian Lawlor

    It is in the best interest of all to advance the generations who advance the knowledge that goes along with that journey. To see how few are educated and poorly at that has me wondering how much further we could be if all were given the right to proper education.

    Government, Industry, Finance,Academic, Military, Media, Religion(spirituality+ethics) and the Peoples. Eight ingredients for a successful global body, nation and community. Put together wrong will leave a bitter taste with school cut backs part of that bitter taste.

    The first seven structure to be placed around each for the wellness and betterment of everyone. ..each person, each community, each nation.

    CNN....If we allow each community to develop their utilities then home owners pay power cost to community. Incoming business pay community for power cost. Once powered up develop what each comminity needs to become self sufficient each with their own developing flavor...the fix is easy in thought but will take time in action.

    If the Mahdi stepped forward and shut down all terrorist activity would developing that thought become more manageable for leaderships? How educate is the body of Humanity as a whole CNN....real physo with mulitple personalities...real dumb ass form this perspective.Developing chemical and biological weapons on the body itself. All weapons pointing in at different parts to the same freaking body. Real dumb ass...

    CNN..MEDIA under the influence of Government, Industry and finance. Open your freaking eyes....

    March 4, 2010 at 9:49 am |