Calexico teachers protest outside school district

Calexico teachers protest outside school district

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Calexico--Dozens of teachers, staff members and students rallied outside the Calexico Unified School District office demanding for a settlement over proposed budget cuts.

"There is no need for all this," Enrique Cervantes, president of Associated Calexico Teachers said. "They seem to think there is a need but in reality the facts show differently."

While all the rucket was going on, a representative for the Association of Calexico Teachers, a district official and a neutral party were inside the office discussing facts from both ends.

Cervantes said teachers are facing up to a $600 cut from their paychecks every month.

He said teachers are having to purchase classroom supplies while the district spends millions for questionable expenses.

They also said pre-schools in the district are also at risk of being shut down.

"How your school board is doing this at this time is beyond belief," Mikki Chicocki, secretary treasurer of Associated Calexico Teachers said. "They need to come together, they need to get it together and need to represent the folks who are working with the kids in this community."

In the district's defense, they recently sent out a letter to parents and community members stating they were disappointed teachers would choose to provide them with inaccurate, misleading and malicious information.

Officials from the Association of Calexico Teachers said they will go on strike if needed.

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