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 fromKHOU
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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