Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Daughter Cuts Classes For Protest At City Hall

Some of the kid's classmates getting political at City Hall.
This morning the kid sent us a text that she was marching in protest. Soon after we received this email:

Hello Lincoln Families,

Today at 9am our student body participated in a walk out that has led many students in a march to City Hall.  The administration in no way condoned this walk out and this is not supported by Lincoln High School.  Currently there are staff members monitoring student behavior down at City Hall to make sure they are safe and making good decisions.  As more information comes in, we will keep families informed.


Lincoln High School

This is what the protest was about according to Oregon Live:

As promised during a spirited appearance at Tuesday's Portland Public Schools board meeting, students from Lincoln High walked out of class Wednesday to protest plans to push a vote on a $750 million construction bond until May.

Hundreds walked out of class about 9 a.m. and marched toward Pioneer Courthouse Square, with chants including "PPS is a mess" and "pass that bond." Later, the marchers gathered in front of Portland City Hall and spoke with Mayor Charlie Hales' chief of staff, Tera Pierce.

Their goal? Persuading board members to hold a special meeting by Thursday, the deadline to place measures on the November ballot, and reverse course.

"Personally, I didn't want this to happen," Michael Ioffe, the protest's lead organizer, said Wednesday. "It came to this because the district wouldn't even suggest another community session to discuss the issue."

By 11 a.m., the protesters, accompanied and monitored by teachers and principal Peyton Chapman, had largely agreed to return to class.

Eager to hear about the experience from the kid.

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