Oklahoma students cut class to protest proposed education cuts

Bartlesville High School students. Mike Simons photo.

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — Hundreds of Oklahoma high school students symbolically cut class to protest proposed state education funding cuts.

Bartlesville High School students walked out Friday in a demonstration on the football field that lasted 22 minutes. Students said that was one minute for each million that would be cut.

Students occasionally cheered and broke into a chant of "22" as they approached onlookers. Some carried hand-made signs with sayings such as "We Love Our Teachers."

Teachers are considering a similar, statewide demonstration to get lawmakers' attention.

Oklahoma lawmakers have approved cuts totaling $44.7 million after they failed to approve a package of tax increases that would have included a pay raise for teachers. Gov. Mary Fallin is expected to approve the cuts to balance the budget for the current fiscal year.

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The Gayly. February 24, 2018. 12:42 p.m. CST.