High schoolers march to protest PPS cuts

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High schoolers march to protest PPS cuts

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on May 1, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 1 at 12:35 PM

PORTLAND -- About 100 students gathered outside the Portland Public Schools headquarters Tuesday to protest school budget cuts and teacher layoffs.

Organizers said the rally was part of the May Day events scheduled throughout the city. The rally was expected to end in time for the students to get to class, but many of the protesters began marching at about 9 a.m.

The group marched across the Broadway Bridge from North Portland into Southwest Portland. At about 9:30 a.m. the students made their way to Lincoln High School, which was reportedly on lockdown to prevent students from joining in the march.

The protesters then moved toward City Hall, where Mayor Sam Adams addressed the crowd at about 10:15 a.m.

Adams said he would do what he could to address the group's concerns, but ultimately school funding is determined by state legislature. He also said they could use the bathrooms and drinking fountains and told them to "keep up the great work."

The students started marching from City Hall at about 10:40 a.m. and returned to PPS headquarters.

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