By Elsa Maxey
Announcements about state legislative budget cuts for public schools anticipated throughout the state are now causing students to get actively involved politically, at least in this area. Reports indicate that this Wednesday, students at Clements High School may be planning a sit-in protest. How district officials will handle this remains to be seen.
The protest in this local area, if it takes place, may have been precipitated by Katy ISD student reaction last week. Announcements of budget cuts affecting teachers at that school district caused quite a stir among the students there. Eye witness accounts indicate that there were walk-outs last week on Thursday and Friday at two schools. At this time indications are that some Katy ISD students are now planning to write letters to state legislators to protest teacher layoffs, a calmer approach at making their voices heard, especially since the Katy school district officials told the students they will not tolerate the walk-outs and would call for disciplinary action, according to sources.
Last week when the Katy students walked out, estimated to be in the hundreds, they flashed signs at motorists as they rallied against what they called unfair budget cuts.
Ironically, the wording of the “No Student Left Behind” school district programs is now being used to start a campaign at the neighboring Katy school district called “No Teacher Left Behind,” and this message may be spreading to other school districts.