OKLAHOMA CITY – Schools might be out for the summer for most students this week, but that’s not stopping kids from standing up for their education.
Last week, our crews watched kids walk out of class in protest of Oklahoma’s education recent budget cuts.
Now, local rap artists are getting nationwide attention after releasing a track with lyrics about the damaging cuts all of the state’s schools are facing and the frustration of the community.
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“Cut it $1 million, cut it $2 million, cut it $3 million, cut it $4 million, cut it $5 million, cut it $6 million.”
Artist JRO is using music to send a strong and loud message.
“We are fed up as artists. We are fed up as students. We are fed up as the whole public, the majority,” said Jose Roberto Orduna.
He said he’s fed up with the budget cuts to Oklahoma’s education system.
“I’m a product of bad education,” Orduna said.
He graduated high school in 2009 but is worried about the younger generation.
The rap is called Budget ‘Cut it,’ a response to the $1.3 Billion budget hole causing millions of dollars’ worth of cuts to our public’s schools.
“Public school, what’s the balance? Oh yeah, forgot Mary Fallin decided to cut sports, cut art, cut dance, cut band, cut wages, cut teachers,” the song states.
There’s profanity, but JRO said it’s for a reason.
“The cuss words are there because that’s the way we feel,” Orduna said. “That’s the way I’m expressing myself, because we are also angry, but it comes with a message.”
His goal is to get people to listen.
One metro teacher who is about to lose his job to the cuts said he is listening.
“He does a good job using his ability to get out his frustration that a lot of teachers, students and Oklahomans understand,” said Mickey Dollens, who is running for State Representative District 93.
“You must care about your community. Everybody’s out having fun but, also, you want to look around your area and see what problems are occurring,” Orduna said.