Kudos: Educators walk as a protest

Sande Leigh, principal at San Francisco’s Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, and Harvey Milk teacher Kelly Clark recently embarked on a journey to Sacramento — on foot — to protest state cuts to education.

San Francisco Unified School District cut $10 million from its 2008-09 budget after state officials proposed funding cutbacks to close California’s $15.2 billion deficit.

At the outset of the their 109-mile quest, Leigh said, “This is an intense process that our children have to go through to get a quality education — and we have to walk to show that our kids are worth more than that.”

Harvey Milk is one of many city schools that cut back on educational materials and supplies for the fall.

“Some people drill for oil, but as a classroom teacher I’m drilling for my future — because when my students are my age, I’m going to be so dependent on them,” Clark said.

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