Classen SAS students march to state Capitol amid budget cuts (KOCO)

May 18, 2016

By Jonathan Greco

OKLAHOMA CITY — Classen School of Advanced Studies students and their parents are marching from campus to the Capitol Wednesday morning because of the state's education budget cuts.

Students at OKCPS high schools walk out in protest of budget cuts

Students will begin their march at 7:30 a.m. at Northwest 18th Street and North Ellison Avenue to encourage others to participate in the "Let's Fix This" movement, which encourages citizens to be active and vocal with their legislators. It also was established to show people how to talk to their representatives.

Classen SAS students joined the movement in response to the state's budget cuts to education.

“It began as something small,” Classen SAS student Thomas Massenat said in a news release. “I was having a conversation with my family about the budget cuts’ infuriating nature. My sister Chloe and I decided that we should take action. We knew that the group ‘Let’s Fix This’ was meeting at the Capitol on Wednesday, and that other schools in the district were staging their own protests earlier in the week.”

More information about "Let's Fix This" can be found on the grassroots organization's Facebook page.

More than 1,000 students from Oklahoma City schools staged walkouts Monday in protest of Oklahoma City Public Schools' budget cuts. Students from U.S. Grant High School, Northwest Classen High School, Star Spencer High School and Jefferson Middle School participated in the walkout.

Oklahoma City Public Schools has announced $30 million in budget cuts to the 2016-17 school year.