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Thousands of students are marching on City Hall protesting budget cuts

By the Notebook on May 17, 2013 01:56 PM
Photo: Philadelphia Student Union

On the 59th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, thousands of Philadelphia students, fighting against the prospect of ruinous budget cuts, have staged a walkout that began at noon at District headquarters, 440 N. Broad St., followed by a march to City Hall.

You can follow the action on Twitter using the hashtag #walkout215.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 17, 2013 2:20 pm
I am encouraged to see these students getting involved and taking action themselves against the manufactured crisis of the State and SRC. Perhaps there is still hope of turning the tide against the corrupt and greedy corporate school 'reformers' and their Broad puppets who are lining their pockets on the backs of our children.
Submitted by anonymous (not verified) on May 17, 2013 3:10 pm
The issue of students walking out of school may alarm some teachers, administrators and parents. Equally alarming is the fact the research indicates 60% of a students day is in some way involved in test preparation/ assessment/ review, etc. For the past 6 instructional days (Monday will be the 7th) students will attend only half days at my high school unless being tested for the Keystone exams. Where is the alarm in the general public for the absence of learning in the time wasted on mindless test prep? I recently hear the term "institutional betrayal" used by Stan Karp (Rethinking Schools) to describe how our students might feel about what adults have wrought in the underfunding of our schools. Our young people need to be listened to. They may be the key to a way out of this mess.
Submitted by Education Grad ... on May 17, 2013 6:34 pm
People who complain about the loss of instructional time due to the walkout are barking up the wrong tree. First of all, participating in a peaceful protest can be highly educational. I imagine that for some of the students who attended the walkout, it was their first experience being involved in peaceful protest (or principled civil disobedience). These students received exposure to how people conduct peaceful protests. Also, this encourages students to stand up for themselves in a constructive manner. The budget cuts next year will have a negative impact on instructional time. No art, music, or extracurricular activities will mean loss of instructional time. Thus, a bit of "missed" instructional time on a Friday or a couple of Fridays for the purpose of protesting budget cuts is actually positive. Students need to stand up for themselves and oppose the budget cuts. If this means sacrificing some instructional time, then so be it. I doubt that the protesting will be able to add up to the amount of time that PSSAs took away from instruction. EGS
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 17, 2013 10:36 pm
As a Philadelphian, I am so proud of our students! We all need to follow the lead of these young people and stand up for education in this city. School closings are targeting students of color and students in poor/working class neighborhoods. Call your local and state reps and tell them that well funded public education is a non-negotiable.
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Submitted by Paul Socolar on May 18, 2013 10:16 am

Here's a video of the students heading into City Hall:!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 18, 2013 2:00 pm
Never been more proud to be a Philadelphia Public School Teacher! Way to go, kids! Fight for your education...DEMAND IT!
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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 18, 2013 9:45 pm
Ditto: Never been more proud to be a Philadelphia Public School Teacher! Way to go, kids! Fight for your education...DEMAND IT! Make history!!!!
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on May 19, 2013 9:11 am
Agreed--As long as the adults do their part too which is much bigger than the kids'. That's why adults are adults and kids, kids. The Scottish Kings used to send The Irish into battle first so the enemy would use up needed arrows. The Scottish Army would then rush in against a defenseless defense. Can we all say, cannon fodder?? The adults need to stop this cancer from killing our kids' and workers' rights and not get all tongue tied and misty eyed about some kids at 440. Man Up People !! It's way beyond time !! Jerry, any thoughts??
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 20, 2013 9:14 am
Check on schools' response. Bartram suspended students. Bodine threatened to suspend students. I'm sure there are other schools where administration "cracked down" while other schools allowed students to leave.
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