Katy Students Protest Teacher Layoffs and Get Away With It

Maybe 200 or so students at Morton Ranch High in Katy took to the barricades this morning, protesting planned layoffs for 350 teachers districtwide. (Video above from KHOU.)

A representative group of them got to meet with Superintendent Alton Frailey, who explained Blame Austin to them.

None of the students will be disciplined for missing class, KISD spokesman Steve Stanford tells Hair Balls.

"The superintendent realizes it's an emotional time. Teachers that they love are losing their jobs," he said.

The protests began about 7:30 this morning, he said. At 8, some students returned to class, but a group of about 85 or so began moving, on foot and in cars, to the district administration building.

"We told them that if they went back to the campus, the superintendent would meet with a representative group to hear them out and discuss the issue," Stanford says.

He said the event was "a perfect example of how decisions in Austin can affect schools hundreds of miles away."

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studentsforteachers
studentsforteachers

If anyone has even the slightest bit of concern about the budget cuts and layoffs, please on behalf of the students, visit facebook and join the event or like the page, "No Teacher Left Behind" to join the campaign. More information on those pages. Here's a link: http://www.facebook.com/event....

Katytx
Katytx

OK, I have an idea. If Katy students are upset about the layoff, AND WANT TO DO SOMETHING, then here is one suggestion.First: Organize all the Katy High Schools, Junior High Students and parents and protest at BP Headquarters in Houston since they did not pay taxes. Had they paid their fair share, teachers would not have been laid off. Set a day (preferably a slow news day) and alert all the TV, radio stations and all the newspapers that you will be PEACEFULLY (remember sugar gets more) and meet at BP at 4:00 PM, dressed in your school T-Shirts. Assign one student from each school to give a 3 minute speech: Why BP not paying taxes hurts education, why education is important and what you want them to do. Sign petitions. Do a FB page. Arrange for speakers, be organized and most of all, be respectful. If you do a one hour protest and have everything organized, you may make the nationals news, perhaps you can get BBC to air your protest. BP Headquarters501 Westlake Park Blvd. (just north of Memorial abt Eldridge)

I will be at BP on Monday, April 18th at 12 noon to protest them not paying taxes! You can't whine, DO SOMETHING!

Side Show Bob
Side Show Bob

@Blake Byas son, if this is the extent of your writing excellance, maybe a special ED teacher would be more of use to you. I must say we pulled plenty of shit back in the day. But, at all times we were smart enough to skip out on a Friday not a Thursday you ignorant little wanker.Have a nice day tommorow and remember proof read, proof read, proof read.

Joan D Brown
Joan D Brown

Just an old Grandparent of 4 Katy ISD students who lives out of State. YOU GO KIDS!!! WHERE ARE THE PARENTS? Believe me if I were in Katy you would have one old grandmother standing beside you. Keep up what you are doing....your education is at risk!

DKrugmanP
DKrugmanP

Here's the thing: While low spending may sound good in the abstract, what it amounts to in practice is low spending on children, who account directly or indirectly for a large part of government outlays at the state and local level.

And in low-tax, low-spending Texas, the kids are not all right. The high school graduation rate, at just 61.3 percent, puts Texas 43rd out of 50 in state rankings. Nationally, the state ranks fifth in child poverty; it leads in the percentage of children without health insurance. And only 78 percent of Texas children are in excellent or very good health, significantly below the national average.

The really striking thing about all this isn't the cruelty — at this point you expect that — but the shortsightedness. What's supposed to happen when today's neglected children become tomorrow's work force?

Blake Byas
Blake Byas

high a student from morton ranch high school!!! i just wanna clear up that the police told us that if we go back to school then the superintendent wold come talk to us.... after this we only have one more class soooo yeah they lied o us!!!!! all of us are mad and this is unforgivable.our favorte teachers are all leaving most of them are still crying, making us cry. all we wanna know is why!!!!

Barbara Lewis
Barbara Lewis

agree PSB.. There are many other programs that the ISD can cut instead of uprooting 200-300 teachers lives. They can start with all that Katy Tigers money...

RogerDeMaris
RogerDeMaris

Good for them!! The reason they can get away with this teacher layoff BS is because students can't vote, and have no recourse but this type of action.

I wish our 'leaders' in Austin valued education more; it seems an alien concept to most of them.

Oh Brother
Oh Brother

They should've locked the doors on them.

Wyatt
Wyatt

"excellance"

STUPINDOUS

H_e_x
H_e_x

The irony is killing me. I love it!

Byasblake
Byasblake

classic, complete with two spelling errors, and a few punctuation bungles.

Stephanie
Stephanie

i agree! if i could be there marching with those kids i totally would.

education guy
education guy

Dear Blake,

I am very proud of the Students of Cinco ranch. I think you guys should seriously think about starting a twitter/facebook uprising across the state asap. Your actions are right-on and I think if the students, not the adults, all stood up and said no to the education cuts, the foolish adults would listen. I urge you to speak to your friends and try to set a statewide walkout to protest the cuts,. it has to be organic, and you guys are the ones to set the day, and spread the words. Think of it as your stand for your own future. Please see if a few of you can take this step asap.

Oh Brother
Oh Brother

Get off the internet and pay attention in class. You've already goofed off enough today with your little walkout.

Peggy
Peggy

I agree with Barb let them cut some other programs and let the kids learn.It is sad to me that we are losing so many great teachers, teachers that have made a difference in so many lives. Just remember these children are OUR future!

Psboettchr
Psboettchr

Oh Brother - your response make me believe you are in Austin. The real issue is state budget shortfalls as well as Katy ISD not managing their money. Children don't have to have laptops, smart boards and all the other high tech equipment in order to receive an education. Additionally, the free and reduced lunch program is mismanaged. Finally, we don't need teen pregnancy daycares in our schools. There are several luxury programs that can be cut and the district should look at those before cutting teachers. PGJB

Jimmyg4
Jimmyg4

(alert for oh brother: they now have the internet on cell phones, so i can access it really quickly; much faster I'll bet than it takes you in the bathroom)

Stephanie
Stephanie

you are such an ass! why do you insist on keeping these students down?! they are asking for an explanation and got nothing. they have every right to be enraged!! maybe you didn't care enough about anything in high school to do something like this, but most of these kids do (i certainly did, i was passionate about issues then and am now!) so maybe you should get off your high horse and stfu.

Oh Brother
Oh Brother

I would never live Austin. Ever. BTW, I'm on your side on this issue.

Oh Brother
Oh Brother

You are so noble! Give yourself a hearty pat on the back! GOOD FOR YOU!!!!

Stephanie
Stephanie

ok mr. i have to have the last word ;) i will when you will. i mean, why do you even care to comment on this?? i have a personal and professional tie to this and will not take it lying down. so yeah. not gonna stop.

Oh Brother
Oh Brother

Bully? Another attack, hypocrite. Stop typing now.

Stephanie
Stephanie

sticking up for people who don't have a voice against bullies like you is a different story than just attacking for shits and giggles cause you don't have anything better to do.

i'm not picking on you, i'm calling you out.

Oh Brother
Oh Brother

You can believe they have the right to walk out of class anytime they want if it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy.

Oh, and speaking of tough and attacks, weren't you the one calling ma an ass and telling me to stfu earlier? Perhaps you should practice what you preach.

Stephanie
Stephanie

also, they most certainly have a right to protest, that is covered under the first amendment. even if that means walking out of class. it's the schools decision on whether or not and how they are disciplined for doing so.

i'm sticking up for those who's voices may not be heard. not attacking people like you are. gosh everyone's so tough on the internet aren't they?

Stephanie
Stephanie

mostly living in dallas and not houston, but i'm marching by using my voice here. also on my blog, feel free to read it! www.walkswithroxy.blogspot.com

attack away, i have nothing to hide :)

Dingdongding
Dingdongding

(lol, obviously a local news watcher. greg hurst? dave ward?)

MarinaPke
MarinaPke

Good! Maybe it will get some notice from hidebound legislators. What kind of leader cuts education in the name of 'saving the kids and grandkids' from a deficit? Burning a village to save it...

Oh Brother
Oh Brother

Notice another protest is being planned tomorrow, after class. Good for them.

Billabong23
Billabong23

hell, usa, you'd say that if elementary schools had Big 10 college student/teacher ratios.plenty of teachers! 300/1 is the new normal. it's actually good for the kids. the heritage foundation looked into this and just released a study....

Oh Brother
Oh Brother

I'll bet 90% of them don't even know. They just wanted to get out of class.

BTW, there will still be enough teachers.

Densityburbble
Densityburbble

oh, what are the kids protesting again?is it the administrators being laid off?

Oh Brother
Oh Brother

They do have teachers. They are the adults up in the front of the class talking. Take a break from Facebook for 5 seconds and look up. See, there they are!

Jennibopper
Jennibopper

maybe if they had teachers and band coaches they would be occupied with school instead of 'being on the internet'. (what are you, like 55?)

prime example of why texas should emphasize funding education over god and oil and accumulating treasures.

Oh Brother
Oh Brother

Here is a prime example of why kids need to stay off the internet while in school.

Billabong23
Billabong23

stay on topic if you can....you're just like the kids you're criticizing. need ritalin?

Oh Brother
Oh Brother

I don't recall any Billabong23 back in the day. Hmmm

Oh Brother
Oh Brother

Was that some sort of sad attempt at being clever? There never was any janitorial business. I guess some gullible fools will believe whatever some other moron types. Please don't pass on your stupid genes to another generation. Thanks.

Kagan213
Kagan213

USA1 has been learning Latin during his time off...very good, jaundia does imply yellow.

Billabong23
Billabong23

did you clsoe your janitorial business and have to change names? what happened to many illegal trespassers get your contracts?

USA1
USA1

I never knew I had so many closet groupies! WOW! I'm really humbled!

BTW, is your name really Jaundia? Sounds like a disease. Poor thing!

Jaundia
Jaundia

still bitter as an arrowroot ;)) and lovin life, eh USA1?

USA1
USA1

Hi, TrivialPuss!

Wyatt
Wyatt

Um, I mean I missed Oh Brother/USA, not you, Stephanie. Though you seem nice.

Wyatt
Wyatt

God, I missed you

Oh Brother
Oh Brother

Keeping them down? HA. Don't make me laugh. Do they have every right to be enraged? Sure. Do they have eery right to walk out of class? Absolutely not. Have your little protest after school or on the weekend. Take your own advice, miss know-it-all.

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