High school students protest budget cuts

April 18, 2008 2:22:35 PM PDT
Students from San Francisco high schools will march from their campuses to City Hall this afternoon as part of a statewide protest against proposed state budget cuts, organizers said.Students from San Francisco high schools will march from their campuses to City Hall this afternoon as part of a statewide protest against proposed state budget cuts, organizers said.

Faculty, students and parents from Galileo Academy of Science and Technology, John A. O'Connell High School of Technology, Thurgood Marshall Academic High School, George Washington High School, Balboa High School and the School of the Arts will participate in the march to City Hall for a rally.

Protestors will read letters written to the city of San Francisco and the California State Assembly, recite speeches and poetry, and play music, organizers said. Volunteers will also be on hand to register students to vote.

The march and rally are in reaction to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed state budget that would cut $4.8 billion from public schools statewide.

The statewide high school student protests were organized through Web site www.youthnoise.com. High schools in different areas have organized various events to mark today's Right to Learn Day of Action, Galileo Academy of Science and Technology teacher Kristy Morrison said.

Students from San Francisco campuses too far from City Hall to march will likely use public transportation to participate in the rally, Morrison said.

Galileo students will meet on the campus at 1150 Francisco St. for the 3:30 p.m. march to City Hall for the 4:30 p.m. rally, Morrison said.


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