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Students protest teacher layoffs, walk out of school

Amy Yu and Victor Huerta

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Cinco Ranch students gathered in the rotunda and then walked onto Cinco Ranch Blvd. to protest the ongoing district- wide staff layoffs at approximately 10:15 a.m. on April 14.

Hundreds of students participated in a sit-in in the rotunda before leaving the campus. Teachers and school officials looked on while security guards supervised traffic.

“We don’t support the firing of our teachers at all. It’s not right in any way,” senior Gabby Conriquez said.

Students distributed signs saying “We love our teachers” and “save our teachers” while wearing signs supporting specific teachers.

A total of 384 teachers district-wide will be laid off and 224 other teachers have already resigned under a monetary incentive program or retired. The layoffs are an attempt to save the district $23 million to $26 million due to the approximate $50 million budget shortfall.

Teachers were notified of employment termination beginning April 12. Those laid off held probationary contracts and were relatively new to the district, according to district officials.

An additional 22 of 146 administrative staff members will not be employed with KatyI.S.D. next year.

School officials said that students participating in the protest will be counted absent from missed classes but will not be disciplined.

“As far as students actions today I have to say… it does touch my heart to see young people who do things passionately and want to show their support,” Psychology teacher and cheerleading sponsor Amy McConnell said, who confirmed that she has not been terminated. “I do think it is commendable that you are so passionate about your teachers and your educations and you value that.”

Student who wish to protest may contact Texas State Representative John Zerwas at 512-463-0657 or Texas State Senator Glenn Hegar at 512-463-0118.

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5 Responses to “Students protest teacher layoffs, walk out of school”

  1. Steven on April 14th, 2011 2:35 pm

    Although I’m always suspicious when students try to rationalize getting out of school, I have to say I’m really proud of them for mobilizing in this way. I hope our state legislature and Governor Good Hair take note.

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  2. Katherine on April 14th, 2011 5:48 pm

    I know that in Spring Branch ISD, the reason there have been layoffs is because the people voted to keep taxes down. This is the result. Not trying to be bitter, but this really seems like a life lesson in thinking about your vote.

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  3. Kathy on April 15th, 2011 12:03 pm

    school taxes in our area are maxed, so that’s not it…we voted for the bond, so that’s not it…makes me ill

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  4. Cinco Ranch Texas ISD Students Planning Friday sit-in To Protest Mass Teacher Layoffs on April 15th, 2011 12:19 pm

    […] Yesterday we reported on the Morton Ranch Walk Out, the Cinco Ranch walk out, the Seven Lakes High School Protest, and the Mayde Creek Walk Out. It appears that the students reported on the events as well. http://crhscountyline.com/news/2011/04/14/students-protest-teacher-layoffs-walk-out-of-school/. […]

  5. Ashley on April 15th, 2011 2:26 pm

    I am a KATY ISD student. I think most of the kids just wanted to skip class. My second period class only had 12 kids wehn we usally have 24 kids. HALF of our class was out there protesting. WAY TO GO!! You can have ISS when they see you going IN and OUT IN and OUT of the school..
    They have already decided and they arent going to let Middle School or High School student make them change their minds..
    (:

    -ASHLEY- (:

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