Parents, students hold ‘walk-in’ rallies to support public education

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MOORE, Okla. - Educators, students and parents rallied outside schools in Moore to stand up for public education.

The Education Association of Moore and Moore Public Schools worked together to host the rallies and 'walk ins.'

Parents, students hold 'walk ins' at school

Parents, students hold 'walk ins' at school

Despite the state's budget crisis, they are focusing on the positive aspects of education.

"We've been very frugal here in Moore and here at Apple Creek. We've made sure to hold some money and not just spend whenever we have it," said Pam Huston, principal of Apple Creek Elementary School.

Huston expects classroom sizes to increase due to the budget cuts.

She also hopes their school system can save programs that are beneficial for students.

"Those are the things that keep kids in schools - athletics, music programs, drama," Huston said.

At Plaza Towers Elementary, district leaders said the state's $1.3 billion hole has forced them to find ways to save money, meaning some educators' jobs could be eliminated.

"If someone retires or they move or relocate, that might be a position that we don't fill," said Superintendent Dr. Robert Romines of Moore Public Schools.

Despite the headache our public education system is dealing with, students want their teachers to know they care.

Parents, students hold 'walk ins' at school

Parents, students hold 'walk ins' at school

"They need to know that we support them, and they need to know that they support us," said Haley Alonzo.

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