GRASS ROOTS RESPONSE
Mike Dello Stritto
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) ― In response to a controversial contribution by a California teachers union, some parents are organizing an effort to keep their kids home for the day and cost public schools money.
The California Teachers Association says their members are fighting to keep gay marriage legal because they stand for equality.
With cash contributions to anti-Proposition 8 efforts falling short of the opposition, the union injected $1 million into campaign coffers to continue the ad blitz.
Supporters of Proposition 8 now have a proposition of their own: They’re behind an online effort to keep kids home from school Tuesday. The organizers say for every student who misses school for personal reasons costs the school money, and are banking that high numbers will send a big message.
The e-mail says, “Many California public school students are going to be sick and absent from school on Tuesday, October 21st… Many are puzzled why the professional group hired to educate them is spending so much money to push their own social agenda.”
The chain e-mail also urges teachers supporting Proposition 8 to send a statement of their own: “With all those students out sick, many California public school teachers intend to demand $300 political refunds from their union dues.”
The CTA did not comment on how much they’ve donated to other California propositions for this election cycle.