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YUC students walk out of school to protest budget cuts

By the Notebook on Jun 11, 2014 05:56 PM

Students from nine high schools walked out of school at noon Wednesday, converging on the School District, City Hall and Gov. Corbett's Philadelphia office to protest inadequate funding of their schools. 

As many as 200 students and supporters marched down Broad Street chanting and waving signs, escorted by police officers from Civil Affairs.

"All of us are here to protest for our rights to an equal education," said Calvin Wongus, a member of Youth United for Change and a junior at Edison High School. In front of Corbett's office, located in the Bellevue Hotel, Armani Reeves of Olney Charter said that the governor needs "to meet with the youth and make education our first priority."

Students left nine schools: Mastbaum, Kensington CAPA, Kensington Health Sciences, Kensington Business, Kensington Urban Education Academy, Edison, Frankford, Masterman, and Olney Charter.

District spokesman Fernando Gallard said that the students could be disciplined for leaving school, depending on their records.

Principals are expected to follow the Code of Student Conduct, he said.

Photos and video by Dorian Geiger

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Comments (7)

Submitted by darnelX (not verified) on June 11, 2014 7:54 pm
You go students. Keep up the good work.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 11, 2014 8:57 pm
"District spokesman Fernando Gallard said that the students could be disciplined for leaving school, depending on their records". -- really? And just which selective students might those be?
Submitted by Anon (not verified) on June 12, 2014 8:13 am
"depending on their records?" - There is a Code of Conduct that defines the discipline policy. Gallard must play the politics game at 440 well - he's stuck around through a few superintendents.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 11, 2014 8:50 pm
Seriously, that is the district' response. These students should be heralded. Besides, who is in the schools checking attendance to see who walked out?
Submitted by Wry (not verified) on June 12, 2014 12:07 pm
The counselors.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 11, 2014 8:15 pm
I think we should monitor the situation, to see if they are disciplined, and if they are, raise a big stink about it. By the way, when a charter school in New York got upset with the mayor recently, the leadership closed the school so they could protest.
Submitted by Wry (not verified) on June 12, 2014 12:44 pm
Don't believe the bologna you see on the news. The "leadership' is in bed w Nutter. City Council is playing a game w Hite for appearances.

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