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Public Education Supporters Hold 'Walk-In'

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Emily Wendler / KOSU
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Students from U.S. Grant High School protest budget cuts to their school. The protest was part of a national movement, sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers, to bring awareness to the effects of budget cuts to public education.

Two state lawmakers joined Oklahoma City Public School administrators and students on Thursday morning for a ‘walk-in’ to support public education.

A crowd of about 100 people gathered before the first bell rang at U.S. Grant High School to rally, once again, for public education funding.

Benjamin Bax, the interim president of the Oklahoma City Public School’s teacher’s union, says thousands more were doing the same across the country.

"This is part of the national alliance to reclaim our schools. we’ve had sites all across the nation to bring attention to the lack of educational funding, and how we’re – as a nation—losing the promise of public education."

The event was part of a national movement hosted by the American Federation of Teachers.

The principal of U.S. Grant spoke and told the crowd that he was angry at the Oklahoma legislature for failing to properly fund education.

Rep. Jason Dunnington (D-Oklahoma City) spoke afterwards, and apologized to the students and teachers and said they had a right to be mad. Rep. Shane Stone (D-Oklahoma City) was also in attendance.

Emily Wendler was KOSU's education reporter from 2015 to 2019.
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