Yellow Springs students hold walkout in protest of Ohio Senate bill
- Published: March 12, 2011
At 2 p.m. on Friday afternoon, about 100 Yellow Springs High School students walked out of school in support of their teachers, who could suffer if Ohio’s Senate Bill 5 is adopted. The bill, which won approval from the senate last week and will go next to the House and then on to Governor John Kasich, would restrict the bargaining rights of state public employees, ban strikes and eliminate automatic pay increases.
Students gathered on the front lawn of the school campus waving signs in favor of teachers while Principal Tim Krier and Superintendent Mario Basora answered questions about the meaning and potential effects of the state’s initiative on the schools.
A group of students also walked to the school board office in town carrying signs and chanting against the bill.
Yesterday’s walkout coincided with other protests around the state, and it came on the heels of a Yellow Springs school board meeting Thursday night, when the board approved $435,000 in budget cuts for next school year and discussed the need to cut more before the end of the calendar year. During the meeting, students Anne Weigand, Zyna Bakari, Lydia Jewett, Rory Papania and Naomi Guth spoke in passionate support of high school orchestra teacher, Eric Aho, whose position was among those cut.
(Video footage by Megan Bachman, editing by Lauren Heaton)