Oakland students march in support of teachers in labor negotiations

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Students from at least five Oakland high schools are holding a "sick-out" to support their teachers and protest multi-million dollar budget cuts. (KGO-TV)

Dozens of high school students in Oakland walked out of class today to show support for their teachers, who are on the verge of a strike.

They gathered in front of Oakland Tech High School this morning and then marched together down Broadway for a rally in front of school district offices.

This is at least the third time Oakland students have walked out of class to support their teachers this school year. Students say they aren't sure whether these demonstrations will make a difference in the teacher's contract negotiations but they feel like they have to try.

RELATED: 95 percent of Oakland teachers vote to strike

ABC7 News caught up with Oakland Tech senior Alex Arriola before the march to ask him if this makes a difference.

"We are marching because we are hoping maybe they student-organized march will make them do something you know," Arriola said.

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