SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than two dozen California teachers, including the president of the state’s largest teachers union, have been arrested at the state Capitol as part of a protest over education funding in the state budget.

The California Highway Patrol began arresting the teachers shortly after the building was scheduled to close at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The teachers were singing and chanting in the hallways outside the offices of the Republican leaders of the state Senate and Assembly. The California Teachers Association says 26 educators were arrested.

The teachers lined up and quietly waited to be arrested one by one. CHP Officer Sean Kennedy says no one resisted, and they will be charged with trespassing on state property, a misdemeanor.

Thursday’s occupation was part of a weeklong protest over education funding.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (74)
  1. joe teacher says:

    IIf we want students to be impacted by these dollars, we must have pension reform. Top management move into their jobs to increase their retirement. San Juan Unified School district hired a new superintendent three years ago from a small school district in the Bay Area. No surprise that she is retiring after three years, the magic number for calculating pensions. She has angered both teachers and staff by her caustic personality and now she’s laughing all the way to the bank thanks to the taxpayers. I’ll tell you who to fire – the school boards who allow such despicable maneuvering.

  2. skeptic says:

    The whole “trespassing on State property” charge smacks of complete irony, as State property is owned by the people of that State. The State Capitol is not owned by a corporation, and it shouldn’t be illegal for citizens to be there after 6:00pm. And what’s the deal with 6pm? Are those some arbitrary bankers hours certain state bureaucrats have imposed on the rest of the population just because they felt like it?

  3. john day says:

    send the illegal back and there will be no more crisis

    1. Melissa in NorCal says:

      What do the illegal aliens have to do with this? Do you really think if there were no illegal aliens, all our problems would magically disappear? If so, you are a real dumb, simple-minded redneck. Sending them back would cost millions, save us some money, but cost us millinos more too. It isn’t so simple or black and white.

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