Philly Students Protest School Budget Cuts

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    Hundreds of students marched on Philadelphia School District headquarters Tuesday, protesting steep budget cuts. More jobs are being threatened, and officials say they're even considering selling the district's headquarters to come up with more cash. NBC10's Rosemary Connors reports. (Published Tuesday, May 7, 2013)

    Hundreds of Philadelphia students sent out an SOS of a different kind Tuesday afternoon. They marched through the city, letting their voices be heard, chanting “SOS” which stands for “save our schools.”

    The Philadelphia School District recently proposed budget cuts for next school year that would cut all clubs, sports, music programs and lay off several counselors and teachers.

    “The budget cuts hurt us,” said one student. “It hurts our sports and scholarship opportunities. We can’t expect to do better if we have everything taken away from us.”

    When word of the proposal spread, students at several schools within the district decided to take action. The students organized a rally, using the hashtag #SOS on Twitter.

    Students Make Their Case About Budget Cuts

    [PHI] Students Make Their Case About Budget Cuts
    Philly students make a plea for the future of their schools. NBC10's Lori Wilson reports. (Published Tuesday, May 7, 2013)

    “We’re trying to get them to know that we care about education as urban city kids,” said Deion Jordan, the student body president of Constitution High School, one of the schools participating in the protest.

    Over 300 students marched peacefully on Broad Street Tuesday afternoon, eventually gathering outside the school district headquarters on the 400 block of North Broad Street. They carried signs, chanted, cheered and sent out an important message; they would not be ignored.

    “We’re not a number,” said one student. “We’re actually people. We’re students and we want to be heard. Our voice has to be heard.”

    “This is our cry!” said another student. “We care about education. We value arts and we need it. This is our life. Don’t take it away from us because we’re passionate about it.”
     

    Philly Students Protest

    [PHI] Philly Students Protest
    NBC10's Lori Wilson reports on what student protestors want. (Published Tuesday, May 7, 2013)