Students, teachers and staff within the Rochester City School District have organized another round of protests this week regarding the massive budget cuts and layoffs within the district.
RCSD and the Board of Education have been battling an ongoing budget crisis for some months now. With the deficit growing to $30 million, city school district officials have decided to lay off more than 150 teachers, administrators and staff.
Students from East High School in #roc are preparing to march to @RCSDNYS offices in protest of recent proposed teacher cuts. They plan at stopping at SOTA and school 58 along the way to gather other students @News_8 pic.twitter.com/d4EkxD7odH
— eric schedlbauer (@NG_NewGuy) December 16, 2019
Not only is it planned to let go of such a huge chunk of essential staff, officials want it done BEFORE January 1, 2020. Although the Board of Education still has to vote on this matter this Thursday, teachers and staff who would be cut were already notified last week.
This decision sparked a rash of protests among RCSD students, teachers, parents and staff which began last week and are continuing today.