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Megan Fox fights against school budget cuts

April 1, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A group of parents at a Hollywood Hills school took a creative approach to raise awareness about education cutbacks and send a strong message to Sacramento. The four minute video used power and humor and was posted on the internet Wednesday, receiving lots of attention.The video is called 'Hot for Teachers' and is produced by a group of Hollywood savvy parents at Wonderland Avenue Elementary School, starring celebrities and real life couple Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green whose son attends the school.

In the video, Fox gets lost looking for the library and finds herself acting as a substitute teacher in an overcrowded classroom.

"Are you our new teacher?" said one student.

"Oh no no no, I'm sorry, I just thought this was the library. Wait, you guys don't have a teacher?" asked Fox.

"She was laid off," responded another student.

The video posted on FunnyOrDie.com pokes fun at the education cuts and uses real fifth grade students to deliver one liners.

"The kids in this room are multiplying faster than my head lice," said one student.

The kids say they may have been acting in the video but their concerns about education are real.

"I think it's terrible that all these teachers have to be laid off and that they can't feel secure every night," said fifth grader Eli Harris.

"I'm just concerned because at one time there might be like 45 kids and we don't have that much room in our classes," said fifth grader Chiara Berruto.

"I have a little brother and he's in 1st grade at this school and I want him to get the same experiences that I had," said fifth grader Lily Massee.

The video also takes a few direct shots at the Governor with an actor playing a Schwarzenegger aide who dumps off more kids in the classroom.

"Wait no, no, there's no more room in here," said Fox.

"Good work," said the aide. "You know, the Governor Schwarzenegger was a boy growing up in Austria, and he didn't have a desk either. He went on to win the Mr. Olympia title eight times."

John Koch is parent and co-writer of the video.

"Just because we may have a school district in Hollywood, or a school in Hollywood, doesn't mean we don't have the same concerns as everyone around the state. You know if there's no nurse on a day when your kid gets sick you know it hurts," said Koch.

In the video, Fox urges viewers to, "call, write and annoy the governor until he cries for his mommy." She says that more than $17 billion has been cut from state educational programs over the past two years, and Green says the "terminators in Sacramento" plan to cut another $2.5 billion.

Eyewitness News asked the Governor's office what they thought about the video and they released a statement:

"Despite a $20 billion deficit and cuts to every program in the state the Governor has proposed to maintain the same level of funding as last year, which is $50 billion of the state's $85 billion budget."

The video was posted on FunnyOrDie.com Wednesday morning and received about 127,000 hits by the day's end.


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