Between 30 – 40 students assembled in the Grant High School library on 4/20 in the first meeting to facilitate the May 1st Shutdown of PPS Headquarters in protest of the current budget proposal that would see 110 teachers cut and with them, a number of essential programs. This plan of action by students was ratified and we will go on strike May 1st. The following is a rough draft list of demands created by our Outreach Committee which will be delivered to PPS on May 1st:
-Teachers re-instated *
-All kids able to know and meet graduation requirements **
-Continued arts programs
-Reinstated technical programs ***
-Study halls and reading & research not actual class time ****
-No limits on college level classes, nor enormous intro-level classes
* Those purposed to be cut by the existing budget plan
** Graduation requirements need to be made clear. PPS has a working plan to push off health class for sophomores till their senior year.
*** The combining of learning and doing, the reinstatement of those programs in carpentry, welding, mechanics, etc. that used to be offered for previous generations that are more then ever essential for the modern economy.
**** Study Hall and “Reading and Research” are not classes, PPS defines them as so to deny us the classes they are obligated to offer us.
Logistical/Tactical Committee meet and discussed carpooling, setting up coherent directions for those using Trimet, creating a am/pm shift plan, getting food, drinks and setting up the mechanisms to keep morale high. A recon team will meet Sunday.
If you’d like to get involved, contact Lena Wright or Paul Wells. There is still room on either committee. Next open meeting is TBA.
May 1st: we strike for our future.