Iowa Students Stage Sit-in Over Proposed Cuts

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By Ryan Jones

COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (AP) — Students at Columbus Junction High School are standing up for their teachers.

The students organized and participated in a sit-in Friday, skipping early classes to gather at the school's gym in a show of support for their teachers, who face losing their jobs through budget cuts.

tThe sit-in was in response to a measure approved Monday by the school board to eliminate up to 13 positions next year, projected to save the school district $461,639.

Superintendent Marlene Johnson says the school is facing a $450,000 budget shortfall next year.

Friday's impromptu assembly of students lasted two hours. At the end, student organizer Kenan Todd handed Johnson and Principal Jeff Maeder a petition signed by students asking the school board to rescind the cuts.

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