Students, Parents Protest School Cuts

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

Their districts might be diferent, but their message is the same.

"I'm here to support children."

"I don't want them to make cuts on our education."

"We're here to protect our student funding."

Moms, dads, sons and daughters are descending on the Capitol Tuesday to tell lawmakers the latest bout of school cuts in the budget is unacceptable.

"I'm scared for my children," says Farmington parent Steffanie Webster, "not just with regards to education, but the opportunities for them, where will it take them."

The parents, students and teachers who are rallying Tuesday are angry, and righfully so. They're facing nearly $300 in per pupil cuts this year, which could devastate public education as they know it.

"We don't have anything at school already. We have to bring all our own stuff. We didn't used to have to do that. When they cut, we'll have even less," says Waverly freshman Misty Vaughn.

This grass roots protest, organized by three emails, had a twist, however. After the rally ended, every parent and student went to find their legislator.

One group of parents we met from Grand Ledge is hoping actually speaking face-to-face with lawmakers will help show them the reality of their children's education if the $300 per pupil cuts happen.

"They're going to be without. Whether it's bussing or sports or teachers, they're going to suffer in the long run," says Grand Ledge parent Robin Sheren.

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