Wednesday’s student walkout at the Island’s high schools to protest plans to cut high school sports captured some unexpected attention in Sacramento: that of state schools superintendent Jack O’Connell. Seems O’Connell doesn’t want other students facing similar school budget cuts under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s draconian budget plan to follow in their lead.
O’Connell will hold a press conference about the cuts at 10 a.m. today in Sacramento, where he’ll talk about the cuts and urge students “to stay in school, rather than walk out in protest,” according to a press release. O’Connell, who would prefer students express their concerns in an “educational setting,” plans to remind everyone that such absences cost their schools money.
Can’t fault the kids for getting results, though: Four hours later, O’Connell will pay a visit to our fair city to chat with the dozen student leaders from Alameda and Encinal High Schools and Superintendent Ardella Dailey. They’ll talk about their concerns about the proposed state budget cuts. Will he scold or offer support? We’ll see.
Meanwhile, the kids made national news: Eve Pearlman’s Alameda Journal blog points out that USA Today picked up on the protest to ask what others would do if their prep sports were cut.
Not sure if the students’ protest was what finally moved state senate honcho Don Perata to denounce the governor’s proposed education cuts Thursday in San Anselmo.