If they're wearing blue, it must be federal stimulus day
United School Employees of Pasco members wore black to mourn their salary steps and raises. They wore red to protest the School Board's budget. Now they're planning to don blue on Tuesday to show support for the federal stimulus package working its way through Congress.
Here's how the flier describes the game plan:
"Nationwide and here in Florida our schools and essential services are facing draconian cuts due to the economic crisis. The AFT strongly supports efforts like the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan and is actively challenging proposed cuts to vital services. Let's send a clear message that strengthening education is crucial to restoring and preserving opportunity in this country."
"Even those of us in Pasco County care," USEP president Lynne Webb told the Gradebook. "We stand in unity for the package, and in making sure that education gets its fair share."
Education's share has been a question mark as senators have slashed some of the money for public schools that the House included in its plan. See a comparison of the main differences, as compiled by the Associated Press. And stay tuned.