May 30, 2011
About 300 students from Huntington Park High School walked out of their classes on the morning of May 11. They then marched the seven miles to the L.A. Unified School District headquarters, to protest the school board decision to fire at least half of their teachers.
District officials say that a big overhaul of Huntington Park High is necessary, because the school has poor test results and graduation rates.
In fact, the officials have another agenda. In these times of endless budget cuts, school districts have been trying to save more money by getting rid of higher-paid teachers.
The problem is the higher-paid teachers tend to be the ones who are more experienced – and often the ones who know the needs of their students better, because they have spent more time at their schools.
“We don’t want our teachers fired,” said Jonathan Rojo, one of the students who protested. “The school will be messed up and disorganized.”
This 11th grader knows what he is talking about.