With their theme of “putting California back on track,” Bay Area teachers will be riding Caltrain Monday along the Peninsula to promote their support of Prop. 30 and their opposition to Prop. 32, which are both on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Early in the day, starting with a 6:15 a.m., the teachers will hold a news conference at the San Jose Diridon train station.
After school lets out, hundreds of teachers will greet a core group of educators on the train as they stop at train stations in San Bruno, San Mateo, San Carlos, Palo Alto, Mountain View and Sunnyvale. A small 5 p.m. rally will be held to greet the travelers at the end of the line in San Jose.
“With Election Day almost here, teachers are riding the rails to share their messages about why passing Prop. 30 to prevent billions in cuts to our public schools is so vital,” Eric Heins, vice president of the California Teachers Association and an East Bay teacher, said in a statement. “Educators will not be able to advocate with a strong political voice if Prop. 32 passes and that voice is silenced by the millionaires and billionaires behind this attack on the middle class.”
Prop. 30, which is backed by Gov. Jerry Brown and the teachers association, is a tax on millionaires that would raise $6 billion annually over the next few years and prevent massive cuts to schools. Prop. 32 would prevent unions from using dues automatically pulled from employees' paychecks to sponsor political activity.