Students, Parents Protest Over Teacher Cuts

By Asha Beh
|  Saturday, Oct 3, 2009  |  Updated 9:45 AM EDT
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After the sudden announcement that 229 teachers would be laid off, school officials escorted the teachers out of their classrooms. Police were soon called in to keep the situation under control.

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After the sudden announcement that 229 teachers would be laid off, school officials escorted the teachers out of their classrooms. Police were soon called in to keep the situation under control.

The budget shortfall that led to 229 teacher cuts was little consolation for some students in D.C.

In a press release, schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee said school officials were doing "everything possible to provide support for our schools, to minimize any disruption and to ensure schools can focus on serving students."

Forcing the laid-off teachers out of the classroom did not sit well with some McKinley Tech High students and parents, who started protesting after seeing beloved teachers forced to leave.

Police were called in to keep things under control. During one confrontation, a student was allegedly pushed to the ground, while another student was led away in handcuffs.

District school officials announced Friday that they will fire almost 400 employees, including the 229 teachers who were escorted out of their classrooms.

The teachers who were forced to leave have been placed on administrative leave and will be given one month of severance pay.

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