Sequoyah High School students to protest distance learning

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Students at Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah are preparing to protest distance learning.

Asa Robbins wishes she was spending her senior year at Sequoyah High School with her friends. Instead, she’s learning online at home. But, she’s hoping to change that.

“Everyone’s home life is different, and we feel like some students are struggling right now through online school,” Robbins said. “They need that teacher interaction and peer involvement, and we are missing that in virtual learning. And we are struggling and we are failing because of it.”

Thursday, Robbins, who is the student council president, and others are protesting Cherokee Nation, which operates the school. She’s asking to move to a hybrid model so students can learn in-person at least part of the time.

However, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. said positive COVID-19 cases are rising and distance learning is the safest option.


Read More

New York students set up class in school parking lot to protest budget cuts

High school seniors in Lansingburgh, N.Y., set up class in a school parking lot Thursday to protest state budget cuts and school reopening modifications, according to WRGB.

The protest comes after New York cut 20% of school funding across the state, which led some school districts, including the Lansingburgh Central School District, to change reopening plans.

Students in grades 3-12 who opted to attend class in person before the start of the 2020-2021 school year under the district’s hybrid learning model are now required to partake in remote learning.

“Lansingburgh is more reliant on state aid than wealthier, suburban school districts, and the decision to cut state aid means a loss of $6.5 million from our annual operating budget. This funding cut made it very financially difficult to reopen using the district’s original plan,” the school’s website reads.


Lansingburgh Central School

Read More

Students protest education inequity in march from Lower Merion to Philly’s Overbrook High School

Less than four miles separate Lower Merion High School in Ardmore from Overbrook High School in West Philadelphia, but the two schools and their communities are worlds apart.

a car driving on a city street filled with lots of traffic: Protesters make their way along City Avenue as part of a rally and march to highlight inequities in suburban and city public schools.

© MONICA HERNDON/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS
Protesters make their way along City Avenue as part of a rally and march to highlight inequities in suburban and city public schools.

Lower Merion’s average annual household income is more than $131,000 a year. In the neighborhood surrounding Overbrook High, that figure doesn’t quite reach $35,000, census figures show.

During a recent school year, Lower Merion spent $26,422 per student — at least $12,000 more per student than the Philadelphia School District could muster.

Philly public schools will stay all-online at least until NovemberThat contrast has existed for a long time, but for Kisara Freeman, and three other rising seniors at Lower Merion High this summer of protests and widespread social and economic upheaval has become

Read More