Well over 1000 Portland students, parents, and teachers marched across the Broadway Bridge Friday afternoon to call for better funding of public schools.
Marchers held signs saying “Get Upset” and “S-O-S – Save Our Schools.”
Students complained of larger classes, fewer electives, and layoffs to popular teachers.
Some parents pushed strollers, or walked with kids who weren’t yet old enough to be in school.
Jamin London-Tinsel is a teacher at Grant High School.
But as she was marching past the Portland school district office, her four year-old daughter was on her mind.
“And I want to send her to Portland Public Schools because I teach there. But at the rate that this state is going, and this district, I may not make that decision, because I want my child to have a good education,” London-Tinsel says.
The city of Portland, the school district, and the teachers union reached an agreement recently to avoid teacher layoffs for next year.
London-Tinsel says that deal is little more than a band-aid, and requires tough concessions from teachers.