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Students walk out of class in budget cut protest

La Conner students stepped up their support for school staff and programs threatened by district budget cuts in a most visible way Monday.

About 60 middle and high school students, many of them chanting and carrying signs, walked out of morning classes and marched downtown to make public their concerns with funding shortfalls that will force layoffs and may ax popular course offerings next year.

The walkout was organized by high school junior Jack Dougliss, who spoke passionately at the April 24 school board meeting on behalf of favorite teachers and classes in peril from a $1.5 million distri...


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