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L.A. students hold sit-ins to protest teacher layoffs

May 15, 2009 | 10:56 am

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Students at several L.A. high schools are holding sit-ins today in support of teachers, who are protesting proposed layoffs by calling in sick and staging before- and after-school rallies.

Me2_kjp0lync Some 200 students at Jordan High School in South Los Angeles gathered in the quad today to show their solidarity with teachers, another 200 at Maywood Academy in Maywood walked out of class.

In addition, about 500 students at Garfield High School in East L.A. walked out of campus this morning and sat in the central yard. Later, the students were moved to the bleachers, and a sound system was provided by the school so that the students could discuss why they didn't want teachers to be laid off.

Me_kjoz1gnc The group dispersed after a break and about 150 returned to the bleachers afterward.

-- Howard Blume

Top photo: Venice High School seniors Kristina Mahagamage, 17, left, and Amanda Jacobson, right, 18, skip morning classes to demonstrate with signs and slogans Friday in Venice. Over 200 students stayed out of morning classes in support of the teachers. (Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Middle photo: Over 200 Venice High School students stayed out of morning classes in support of the teachers. (Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Bottom photo: San Pedro High School journalism and English instructor Steve Gebhart gathered with other teachers to protest layoffs and increase in class size because of budget cuts on Friday.  (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

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