Students Stage Walkouts Across LA To Protest Teacher Layoffs

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Hundreds of students angry over budget cuts potentially leading to teacher layoffs took took to the streets on Friday.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports the students hailing from Belvedere Middle School and Esteban Torres High School in East L.A. received a warm welcome from drivers who honked in support.

The $400 million deficit for the L.A. Unified School District means some teachers in the arts and electives sections may have to be laid off.

At Belvedere Middle School, some music students demonstrated before school, but they did not miss any classes, Morgan said.

About 1,500 students also walked out of their classes for about 90 minutes on Friday at Hamilton High School in the South Robertson area to protest teacher layoffs.

“Hamilton is home to both the humanities and music magnet programs,” said Susie Shannon, a community member. “The directors of both successful magnet programs had been told by L.A. Unified (School District) that their positions were being eliminated.”

Hamilton’s teachers are among 7,000 in the LAUSD who have received layoff notices, Shannon said.

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  1. Timba Bimwanza says:

    Protesters including students should be at the office of every California Republican legislator and at the Republican State Convention in Sacramento this weekend. They should tell Republican Legislators to vote to let thhe people vote to save our schools. Tell them:
    Don’t sell our future to your corporate sponsors. Let us vote to save our schools.

  2. Very concerned mother says:

    Very disheartening. Very sad indeed. Does the school board and the superitendent actually have the interest of these kids at heart?. Do they actually love this kids or they love politics and beauracracies more than the kids entrusted into their care?. I am sick to my stomach because of the way this defenseless kids’ future are being handled my the fat cats.
    Just one question to the incoming and outgoing superitendent, the school board members and all those in the position of authority at LAUSD “what sacrifice are you making out of your own paycheck if you are genuinely concerned about these kids?” The new superitendent will be taking a whopping $300,000 per annum? What is your own sacrifice towards the so called crisis. Can’t you take a pay cut of $120,000? At least $180,000 can save three or more teachers jobs. School board members what sacrifice have you made from your own paycheck. Why are people so mean. Our students deserve the best and that is why all of you are there. If each of you will take a pay cut for a year, the district will be save some money which will go into the payment of some teachers salary. Let us start for once turn our heart of stone into a heart of flesh.

  3. Timba Bimwanza says:

    It’s not the Superintendent’s fautl, it’s the Republican Legislators’ fault. Call every one of them not to sell our future to their corporate sponsors. Demand that they let the people vote to save our schools.

  4. jer says:

    This is not true. My daughter is a graduate of Hamilton High School’s Music Academy and attended the protest today. Many of the teachers she had for four years received pink slips last week. The Music Academy students are very dedicated, with many getting on buses at the crack of dawn. The majority of the students go on the prestiges Art Universities. They are scared to death that the Academy and it’s wonderful teachers will be chopped.

  5. Elaine says:

    California has more teachers than any other state, highers paid than any other state, smaller class’s and so on. And bottom line the educational rating for California and most of the US is among the lowest. Something has to be done. It’s not business as usual because taxpayers can’t afford this anymore! And for those who are going to vote to maintain 10% Sales Tax and double car registration for another 5 yrs…..are you crazy? Is this Jerry Browns grand scheme? More tax? The layoffs are necessary. Sorry folks….and kids.

  6. A. Mason says:

    As an alumni of Hamilton High (who also attended the protest), I am VERY proud of their successful walk-out today. There was NO confrontation. If the students didn’t take being in school seriously, they wouldn’t have been able to pull off so much progress within only a WEEK! The walk-out only lasted 2 hrs with FULL support of the school staff. The students went STRAIGHT back to class when the protests were done. I find it disturbing that some of you are judging them as if they’re delinquents. It is NOT they’re fault that they’re being stripped of their awesome magnet programs! Not everyone can afford private schools. Magnet programs in public schools is all some of us have. Show some sympathy & respect for these students who have worked so hard to have their voices heard. They have that right as citizens.

    Here’s the KTLA coverage….does that look/sound like students who aren’t serious?
    http://www.ktla.com/videobeta/48acf82e-c801-4592-aac7-c2c9ba6bd6e2/News/KTLA-Students-Walk-Out-To-Protest-Budget-Cuts-Elizabeth-Espinosa-reports

  7. A. Mason says:

    As an alumni of Hamilton High (who also attended the protest), I am VERY proud of their successful walk-out today. There was NO confrontation. If the students didn’t take being in school seriously, they wouldn’t have been able to pull off so much progress within only a WEEK! The walk-out only lasted 2 hrs with FULL support of the school staff. The students went STRAIGHT back to class when the protests were done. I find it disturbing that some of you are judging them as if they’re delinquents. It is NOT they’re fault that they’re being stripped of their awesome magnet programs! Not everyone can afford private schools. Magnet programs in public schools is all some of us have. Show some sympathy & respect for these students who have worked so hard to have their voices heard. They have that right as citizens.
    Here’s the KTLA coverage….does that look/sound like students who aren’t serious?
    http://www.ktla.com/videobeta/48acf82e-c801-4592-aac7-c2c9ba6bd6e2/News/KTLA-Students-Walk-Out-To-Protest-Budget-Cuts-Elizabeth-Espinosa-reports

    Remember this generation will be the ones who take control when your’s is too old to do so….Be cautious of the toes you step on.

  8. shorty says:

    with out no teachers nothing will be the same

    1. rosa says:

      im from belverder midlle school and it was bad becuz many people were jumping the fences jst 2 go 2 the walk out nd i thoght that was nice …?…

  9. Ay says:

    So you mean to tell me that 45-60 students in a classroom that only fits 30-40 students is acceptable? Look at the bigger picture. This fight isn’t to give teachers more money. It’s to keep programs that are TRYING to improve the students’ education. These very magnet programs helped me prepare for college. I’m speaking as a tax payer, employee of LAUSD (teacher assistant) AND former student of Hamilton High.

  10. A. Mason says:

    that was a MIDDLE SCHOOL. You can’t expect 11-14 year olds to take it seriously…Hamilton High school had ZERO conflicts today, no hopping fences, no fights, the officers circling the perimeter even nodded & smiled as the students calmly walked around the school. Walk-outs that aren’t properly organized including those in Middle schools are not a good idea

  11. DOES IT MATTER says:

    Maybe if EVERYONE pays TAXES INCLUDING ILLEGALS maybe we wouldnt have this problem. Take the jails for example. There Are more ILLEGALS In Americas Jail than LEGAL AMERICANS. Go back to 8TH grade HISTORY> This is the same thing that happened with TEXAS.

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