Yonkers students rally against district education cuts
Students in Yonkers rallied today to protest the layoffs and classroom changes spurred by the newest line of state budget cuts.
Hundreds of Yonkers High School students converged at City Hall this morning, many chanting, "Save our schools!" The proposed state budget originally called for $1.5 billion slashed from school funding. Some of that money has been restored, but not enough to prevent more than 700 layoffs, and the elimination of all school busing throughout the city.
While many of the protesting students were seniors, they said the future of the district was important to them. "We've got a good education out of the Yonkers public school system, and it should continue for younger generations and younger kids," one protestor said.
The students said they realize their actions may be too late for this year's budget, but that they are hoping Albany leaders will get their message for the next budget.
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