You know we’ve hit tough times when students are prompted to protest the dismantling of their school system.
Hundreds of Oklahoma City students walk out to protest budget cuts
Hundreds of students from at least three schools in the Oklahoma City district walked out of classes Monday morning to protest budget cuts that have resulted in teacher layoffs and program reductions.
An estimated 600 students walked out at U.S. Grant High School in south Oklahoma City to protest the cuts, Principal Greg Frederick said.
Hundreds of students walk out to protest budget cuts
Protest organizer Cassidy Coffey, a 17-year-old junior, said one of her classes is packed with students and there are not enough desks to go around because of reductions the district has made to counter the state’s projected $1.3 billion revenue.
“I’m here because my education does matter,” Cassidy said, surrounded by hundreds of fellow students, some holding signs, some chanting “No ifs, no buts no budget cuts.”
The walkout has already made national education news:
Hundreds Of OKCPS Students Walk Out Amid Budget Cuts
With $23 million in OKCPS cuts already announced, the students’ actions protested what they already knew about how Oklahoma’s financial crisis is affecting their educations and futures. But hours later, at the OKCPS board meeting, acting superintendent Aurora Lora elaborated on $7 million more in budget cuts that emphasize student concerns (see document below).
Students walk out in Oklahoma City to protest budget cuts
The walkouts come on the same day the Oklahoma City Public School District’s Associate Superintendent Aurora Lora is expected to make final recommended cuts of $7 million from the upcoming school year’s budget. That will bring total cuts to the district for next year’s budget of $30 million.