Nick Ut, Associated Press
Teachers protest proposed state budget cuts for education in downtown Los Angeles on Friday. Many of the 48,000 teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District spent the first hour of their school day on the sidewalks outside their campuses. The teachers were criticizing a state budget that they contend will cost their district $353 million despite an overall increase in California's education budget this year because the funding does not take into account increases in the cost of living and because the education budget reduces special funding for some programs.

Teachers protest proposed state budget cuts for education in downtown Los Angeles on Friday. Many of the 48,000 teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District spent the first hour of their school day on the sidewalks outside their campuses. The teachers were criticizing a state budget that they contend will cost their district $353 million despite an overall increase in California's education budget this year because the funding does not take into account increases in the cost of living and because the education budget reduces special funding for some programs.