Reseda/Los Angeles County, CA – Cleveland High School students are putting the validity of recent education budget cuts to the test by staging a Walk In on Friday, May 28th, 2010. Symbolically scheduled to coincide with the county’s first government mandated furlough day, the peaceful protest against LAUSD cuts and for the future of education is set to take place at the Cleveland High School campus located at 8140 Vanalden Avenue, Reseda, CA 91335.
Organized by an impassioned student body and spearheaded by16 year old Cleveland High Juniors Paula Kahn and Michael Barba, the actionists which number in the hundreds plan to march around the perimeter of the school in protest before the Walk In where students, teachers, parents and community members will listen to speeches, spoken word poetry and chanting.
“Michael and I chose to organize a Student Walk-In,” said Kahn who resides in Reseda, CA. “Rather than walk-out of school, on a school day, away from our education, which could be very chaotic and misinterpreted as careless, we decided to Walk-In to school to show how much we value our education.”
Many school days have been cut from the school semester. Although it has been done to save some jobs, Cleveland High School students believe it should not have come to that in the first place.
“Education should be a top priority but it seems to have become one of California's last priorities,”
Further motivating the enlightened students is the fact that California ranks number one in prison spending but 47th in education spending.
“I like to say that education is the prevention of incarceration,”
Cleveland High School students specific issues include:
-To prioritize spending on the education of youth over the spending of prisons and war.
-How are teens supposed to stay out of trouble when programs that are supposed to benefit them are cut and instead more policemen are hired to criminalize them?!
-Call for creation of a student counsel made up of representatives from every school in LAUSD that is allowed to present problems within schools directly to LAUSD and help make decisions regarding the budget.
-STUDENT power and ATTENTION. Students want to have input on how money is being spent on their education.
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