High school students all around Seattle are planning a walkout Wednesday with several schools (including Garfield) destined for a rally at the University of Washington. Garfield students will leave class at 12:30 and walk down 23rd Ave to the UW via that Montlake Bridge. There, they will join with students from the UW and other high schools (see the Facebook event).
On the heels of a successful and popular walk-out November 30 (judging by the overwhelmingly supportive comments on CDN and national press), students from Garfield High School and some other area high schools formed Students of Washington for Change. The group has encouraged students from all over the state to get involved in issues facing them, with state education funding at the forefront.
Students have been marching with the message “Fund the Future” front and center. According to the SWaC website, the group’s hope is that student protests against education cuts will become a statewide cause:
For the present, we will continue our focus on preventing cuts to educational programs across the state. We will ensure that a quality education is guaranteed to every student in Washington State. We also hope that this organization will expand beyond Garfield and the Seattle Public Schools. We want this to be a state wide student movement.
The group held a “teach-in” at Garfield on Monday and has upcoming legislator letter-writing sessions at Nathan Hale and Ballard High Schools.