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Sand Springs students to walk out, protest budget cuts; district to count them absent

A group of Central 9th Grade Center students will walk out of class for 22 minutes to protest the $22 million in cuts to the state's education budget. (KTUL)

Students at one Sand Springs school are staging a protest Thursday morning, but the district says there will be consequences for those that participate.

A group of Central 9th Grade Center students will walk out of class for 22 minutes to protest the $22 million in cuts to the state's education budget. A spokesperson for Sand Springs Public Schools says the school will offer a space for students to gather during the walkout, but the protest is not sanctioned by the district or school administration.

"In the event of a student walkout, district administration will work to minimize disruption to the academic day and student learning," the district said in a press release. "Upon prior notice of students’ intention to demonstrate with a walkout, district and site administration will create a safe and secure environment for students who wish to protest. Although all teachers will continue their classes and instruction, administrators and support staff will supervise students during this time."

The district says the absences for the students who protest will be unexcused, and "standard consequences" will apply.

"The administration of Sand Springs Public Schools encourages parents to talk to their children to find ways to productively demonstrate their thoughts on important issues," a spokesperson for the district said.

The protest is set to begin at 9 a.m.

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