McLane High School students protested Monday for the second time in a week to call on administrators to restore cuts to teachers and programs.
A group of students rallied on campus during lunchtime to demand answers to why the district was removing experienced teachers and sending them to other schools, senior Jesse Boriboun said.
He began organizing the peaceful protests last week. On Thursday, nearly 100 students marched through campus, frustrated that the teaching staff and the school's magnet medical research program "have been dismantled," he said.
Fresno Unified plans to transfer seven teachers out of McLane because the school will have a lower enrollment next year, said district spokeswoman Susan Bedi. She said the least-experienced teachers will be moved to other schools in the district. She added that all academic programs will continue.
Yet some students and faculty have said the administration is trying to save money by replacing senior teachers with inexperienced, new hires.
Although students followed school rules -- they limited the protests to lunchtime and kept them peaceful -- administrators have tried to quell their activism, said Juan Esquivel, a junior who helped organize the protests.
Esquivel said he missed two class periods on Monday when he was called to meet with administrators. His father also was called to the school.
Boriboun said he was pulled out of class to meet with administrators.
Bedi said that Principal Scott Lamm wanted to hear students' concerns and make sure they have correct information about why McLane is losing teachers. The school would not discipline students participating in the protests, Bedi said.
"They did it during lunch and they did a great job and they didn't cause any trouble," she said.
Esquivel said students planned to meet with a Fresno Unified trustee on Wednesday to talk about their concerns. Some students spoke during the public comment portion of last week's school board meeting.
Boriboun said students plan to continue the lunchtime protests "until we get direct, straight answers."
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