Thursday, May 9, 2013
Hundreds of Philadelphia Students Walk Out of Class to Protest Education Budget Cuts
A group of roughly 250 Philadelphia students unitedly walked out of class this past Thursday, and marched on the steps of City Hall to protest education budget cuts. The Philadelphia school district reportedly is facing a $300 million deficit next fiscal year.
The students are furious that they may have to endure even more cuts after they've already lost several nurses, central office staff members and a beloved annual musical at one high school.
The students were from Benjamin Franklin High School, the Franklin Learning Center and Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Many of whom were still wearing backpacks, carried protest signs and could be heard chanting. Many were in locked arms while marching to the school district building.
The protesters danced, played instruments, sang "Lift Every Voice and Sing," and they even chanted sayings like: “No ifs, no buts, no education cuts." They also protested on Twitter with tweets like, “Students need support! Like counselors! Don’t cut these important resources that we need.”
For more details about the Philadelphia school district, visit www.phila.k12.pa.us
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