photo credit: Harvey Finkle
Dozens of parents along with students and community supporters picketed Moffet elementary school in Kensington, a hub in a low income, pre-dominantly Latino community. Cheri Honkala, a parent and in a leader of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, described how the loss of bilingual office staff is because of the budget cuts and lay-offs has left parents frustrated and confused. A parent described how the loss of an Arabic drum corps was a blow to Palestinian students and a set back for efforts to build a genuinely multi-cultural school environment. Another parent with a special needs child spoke about the plight of special education students and parents without a counselor in the school
Moffet has long been recognized as a stable and successful elementary school serving a poor community with a large number of English Language Learners. The message today was all that is threatened without the restoration of staff and funding. Students and parents were all wearing full funding buttons and vowed to do so every Friday until our elected officials do what is right.