Students walk out of class in budget cut protest


Marissa Conklin

SHOWING SUPPORT FOR THEIR TEACHERS – Some 60 middle and high school La Conner students left their classrooms Monday morning to protest budget cuts that will cost at least four teachers their jobs next year. They left campus, walking to Gilkey Square.

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 d...

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