Updated 03/15/2012 11:14 AM
Students fight education cuts in Watkins Glen
Students at Watkins Glen High School are taking a stand against education cuts after their district is faced with a major budget gap. Our Lara Greenberg tells us how they plan to make Governor Cuomo listen to their call for help.
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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- These 30 students from Watkins Glen High School are hard at work.
"I think we're going to need to have another meeting before we leave."'
But they're not studying for exams or doing homework. They're planning a fight against Albany's statewide education cuts.
"We're trying to level the bases so that everyone is kind of on the same playing field and so that everyone has equal opportunity throughout the state," said Watkins Glen senior Marguerite Kellogg.
Marguerite Kellogg is just one of the students involved in SOS New York, or Save Our Schools. They formed the group after learning that their district was facing $2 million in cuts and potential teacher layoffs.
"These teachers that are being cut aren't just teachers to us. That some of them are friends."
With 15 proposed teaching cuts in the district, 10 of them would affect the high school. And students are concerned that with fewer teachers and larger class sizes, they won't get the education they deserve.
"If a student can't receive proper education, how are we supposed to succeed in life and the future? How are we supposed to lead our nation to greatness?" said Watkins Glen senior Alex Rundle.
Now the students are sending out an SOS, taking a trip to Albany next week for Education Lobby Day. They've written to Governor Cuomo and local officials but say it's time to meet face-to-face.
"We're really trying to contact as many people as we can," said Kellogg.
"Rise up. That's really what this is about. Public education is under attack. Make no mistake about that," said Watkins Glen Superintendent Tom Phillips.
And with loud voices and high hopes, they're taking to the frontlines to defend their education.
SOS is planning some fundraisers for their Albany Field Trip. They plan on visiting the Capitol next Wednesday.