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San Diego High School Students Rally Against Teacher Layoffs

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Aired 4/19/09

(Photo: Lincoln High School student leaders lead a sit-in to protest proposed education budget cuts. Ana Tintocalis/KPBS )  

Teenagers at two of San Diego’s biggest high schools are taking part in student-led protests today. They’re rallying against teacher layoff notices and statewide cuts to education funding. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

The protests are taking place at Hoover High School and Lincoln High School. Right now I’m at Lincoln High in South San Diego where more than more than 300 students staged a sit-in. Lincoln is the newest and largest high school in the district. Today students filtered out of their classrooms and took-up the center quad area here on campus -- sitting Indian style as they listened to a couple of school leaders speak-out against the cuts.

Students say the proposed cuts to education funding will particularly hurt this inner-city school. Here at Lincoln 15 teachers have received layoff notices. Some students worry if they lose their teachers they will do poorly in school. Others are afraid of losing important education programs like AVID, which is a college prep program.

Over the past several months the local teachers union leaders have organized dozens of protests. But now we’re seeing more and more students standing up and speaking out against any cuts to education.

Ana Tintocalis KPBS News.

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