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Wednesday, February 12, 2003

When the Cops Grab You, Go Limp

That's the advice one of my university professors gave as we were on our way to a protest several years ago. (Classic passive resistance requires you to not aid the police in arresting you, so you go limp, and they have to drag you to the police car.)

Protesting what? Well, the state was considering cutting the higher education budget, so we loaded up a bus of students and professors and went to the state capitol building to express our disatisfaction.

The professor was joking about getting arrested. Ours was a very orderly demonstration, not like the ones in the 1960s he was used to.

Today my wife is at our state capitol building for a demonstration against (yet again) cutting the education budget. On this time the cut is for pre-university education, and my wife is a teacher.

Believe me, if you cut the education of kids now, especially the younger ones, you'll just have to pay for it later when they need summer school because they still can't read when they're older.

Kentucky Educators To Rally Against Proposed Budget Cuts

Reported by: 9News
Web produced by: Liz Foreman
Photographed by: 9News
Last updated: 2/12/03 12:25:19 PM

Some Northern Kentucky schools are closed Wednesday but not because of the weather.
Districts gave students the day off so educators could take part in a rally at Kentucky's state capitol.

Schools across the state have been told to expect a possible 5.2% budget cut next year.

Wednesday morning, students, teachers and parents from Ludlow boarded buses bound for the 1 p.m. event.

Teachers said they hope to send a strong message to Frankfort.

"The message should be that there is a concern, and if they aren't up to taking then we'll get the right [people] elected to put in that position," said Ludlow High School teacher Jay Brewer.

Campbell and kenton county schools remained open, but teachers will be allowed to take a personal day to attend the rally.

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