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Marysville teachers take to streets over budget cuts on Feb. 16

MARYSVILLE — The shortened school day on Thursday, Feb. 16, will see Marysville School District teachers taking to the streets to direct the public's attention to state budget cuts such as those that have already necessitated such furloughs.

Students will be released from school three hours early that day, and their teachers will be taking time off without pay shortly after those students are dismissed. All teachers will be off work by about 11:30 a.m., and the Marysville Education Association has asked them to gather at specific intersections along State Avenue between 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., to wear red and hold signs focusing attention on the proposed state budget cuts.

A statement released by the office of Marysville School District Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland noted that this furlough day is a result of the 1.9 percent salary reduction imposed by the state Legislature, and added that the Marysville School District has made $21 million in cuts over the past four years. Cuts proposed by the governor for next year would require another $6 million in cuts to the Marysville School District, which its officials have pointed out would impact property-poor districts such as Marysville much more than richer school districts.

Nyland and Marysville Education Association President Arden Watson reiterated that teachers would remain in their classrooms and continue to teach their students until school is dismissed for the day, and emphasized that all teachers, administrators and support staff who participate in this event will be doing so voluntarily and on their own unpaid time. Administrators and classified support staff may take their lunch time or request leave time off to join the event.

This action was previously scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 18, to raise public awareness during the legislative session, but was rescheduled due to snow closures.

For more information, call the Marysville School District at 360-653-0800 or the Marysville Education Association at 360-548-3446, or visit the Marysville School District website at http://msvl.k12.wa.us.

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