UPDATE 1:15p: Around 500 students walked out of Garfield High School Wednesday afternoon in a spirited protest against ongoing cuts to educations budgets. With flyers complete with “walkout guidelines” — DO: Talk to the media, DO: Be informed, DON’T: Get violent — the teens marched down 23rd before heading up E Jefferson toward City Hall.
Here’s the flyer (clearly smuggled out via pocket!):
Thursday night, Seattle Public Schools will hold the third of three public meetings on “capacity planning” for the district at Washington Middle School.
ORIGINAL REPORT: Students at Garfield High School — the public high school serving many of Capitol Hill’s teens — are planning a midday protest Wednesday to bring attention to continued education budget cuts.
Here is a message about the planned walkout posted to the Occupy Your High School Facebook group:
We are Garfield High School students, speaking on behalf of and with Seattle Public Schools students tired of the constant cuts to our education. We are the people who have been affected most by these cuts, and we are showing that we care. For too long, this state’s budget has been balanced on the backs of its students. Apparently, our representatives in Olympia have forgotten that the constitution says that funding education is this state’s paramount duty. This is a student voice reminding our legislature of that fact. And also of this one: We are this country’s future. We will vote. And we will hold them accountable.
We will walk out of Garfield High School on Wednesday the 30th of November at 12:30 PM to march to City Hall and tell the world that we are fed up with the lack of funding for education.
We have two primary goals we hope to accomplish:
We want to stop the constant cuts to education that have hurt our school and other schools in the state.. We want to insert a student voice into the political discourse in issues regarding education.
Following are our grievances, things that have already happened as a result of past cuts:. Students who want full schedules have been denied them due to a lack of teachers. Many seniors were denied a science class due to a complete lack of state science funding.. Academic courses, such as math classes, have been repeatedly cut from our school.. The removal of summer school and night school has removed resources that allowed many students to graduate on time, therefore effectively increasing the amount the state must spend on those students.
Join the movement (Walk Out), spread the word, get active.
Our sister site Central District News has been reporting on the Occupy Seattle takeover of an empty home at 23rd and Alder across from the school. Garfield principal Ted Howard sent the following email to parents about Occupy’s presence:
Garfield high school wanted to make you aware of a nationwide group – Occupy Seattle that is currently residing close to the school campus. They are living in an abandoned building that is on 23rd Avenue. The building is in the 300 block just south of 313 23rd Avenue. Occupy Seattle recently tried to hand out pamphlets and recruit members on the high school campus. Security and police asked the group to leave. Garfield high school is working with the Seattle Police Department to make sure that the group is not allowed to come on campus and promote their ideas. We wanted families to be aware of the group’s presence close to the school campus.