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Local Students Stand Up to Public Education Cuts

Owen Sound | by Bayshore News Staff  

Students from 9 Grey County schools took part in the "Students Say No" protests

Students from Owen Sound District Secondary School left class today to push back against changes to public education.

Called "Students Say No", this scheduled walkout was organized by students from across the province using Instagram.

Students waved signs and gave speeches on various issues. The main focus being concerns with proposed mandatory e-learning courses with larger than usual class sizes as well as cuts that would make it harder to replace teachers who teach specialty courses like woodshop and tech classes.

Students also took the opportunity to voice their concerns about changes in autism funding as well as cuts to OSAP.

One student speaker called Premier Doug Ford out saying " Ford said he would cut $6-billion in inefficiencies, my education is not an inefficiency. It is a right!"

While out protesting, OSDSS students received messages of support from teachers, local police and members of the public. Eventually, even students from neighboring Hillcrest Elementary School arrived to take part in the demonstration.

Along with OSDSS, St. Mary's in Owen Sound and seven other Grey County schools took part in today's demonstration.

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