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Students to skip school to protest cuts

May 21, 2009 7:44:18 AM PDT
The Los Angeles Unified School District is working against the clock. The district has just six weeks to make major budget cuts, a challenge that is not only a concert to the district and teachers, but to students as well.Students said they are planning to skip school on Friday to protest teacher layoffs.

"We want to get our voices out there before it's too late," said one student.

Students and parents met at the Santee Education Complex on Wednesday night, voicing their opinion that the district is making its cuts in the wrong places.

LAUSD said it needs to cut $330 million from its budget for the next two years, which means class sizes will likely get larger and programs like summer school may get cut.

The LAUSD is already facing a massive budget deficit that is expected to result in the layoffs of thousands of teachers.

LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines said he will meet with staff and the teachers' union to discuss how to make the next round of cuts.

"We have already cut over $450 million, and it has been very difficult. I'm not pleased with many of the recommendations I've made, but it is very important that we keep this district solvent," Cortines said.

Teachers have been protesting the cuts, and now students plan to take a stand.

"We're not going to go quietly. We're going to stand up for the teachers and for our education," said Kimo Delgado, a student at Santee Education Complex.

California voters rejected several propositions on Tuesday aimed at improving the state's financial stability.

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