Anchorage band teacher Philip Walters told the School Board Monday that the district is trying to do far too much with too little.

“I come before you tonight to ask you to stop, to take a breath,” he said. “We have too little time, too little funding, too little available energy to try and continue to solve the troubles of Anchorage schools all at once.”

Walters was one of roughly 100 educators who packed the Anchorage School Board meeting Monday evening. Most of them wore purple shirts — a sign of solidarity, according to Tom Klaameyer, president of the Anchorage Education Association teachers union.

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