South Bay students and teachers embark on their yearly Bus Trip for Education

A call for improved education will be prominent on Wednesday at the state Capitol in Sacramento, coinciding with a planned rally by teachers in the South Bay demanding salary increases.

Students, parents, and educators from State Senator Dave Cortese’s District 15 in the South Bay were partaking in the 21st annual Bus Trip for Education, heading to Sacramento.

These yearly trips offer participants the chance to learn about pending education-related legislation, typically occurring after the governor unveils revised budgets in May.

This year, Governor Gavin Newsom has committed to utilizing reserves to safeguard funding for TK-12 schools in California, although funding for the California State University and University of California systems could be impacted.

In the Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District, teachers are advocating for better compensation. They plan to rally outside Los Gatos and Saratoga high schools on Wednesday morning to make their case for a raise to the district.

According to a union news release, their teachers rank lowest in the percentage of total outgo compared to other teacher salaries in Santa Clara County, with many needing a second job to supplement their income.

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