Courier Staff Report
James Logan's students, teachers and administrators joined others around the state in protesting ongoing cuts to education budgets and the resulting crowded classrooms, reductions in services and staff lay-offs besetting the high school and other education institutions.
The day started with teachers passing out protest fliers (right) to parents and others as they dropped students off for their day at school.
Soon after school started, the administration held the monthly fire drill, timed to coincide with fire drills held at schools across the state. Before the 8:45 a.m. drill, Logan Principal Amy McNamara used the public address system to tell students and staff that the fire drill was being held as a demonstration of the school's solidarity with other schools against budget cuts.
"We stand united" against the cuts, she said. The state-wide fire drills were intended to "send that message to our leadership" in Sacramento that funding cuts are crippling the school and harming students.
According to the flier handed out by teachers, about $17 billion has been cut from school and college funding and 16,000 educators state-wide have been laid off from their jobs.
The New Haven School Board this week approved budget cuts that might result in the lay-offs of up to 70 teachers next school year, and will result in swelling class sizes at the elementary level and here at James Logan.