Students Stage Walkout To Protest Teacher Layoffs In Camden

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By Steve Beck, Cleve Bryan

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — Students in Camden walked out of class Wednesday in a direct protest to a plan to lay off more than 200 teachers by the end of the school year.

The student-organized protest began at noon near Camden High School.

The students walked down Haddon Avenue and ended their march at the Camden Board of Education building on N. Front Street.

On Monday night, Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard made the announcement to an upset crowd at a public meeting. (See Related Story)

The axe came down on teachers: 272 District employees, 206 in the classroom.

“One of the most difficult decisions a superintendent can make alongside his or her community,” Rouhanifard said. “It’s a really difficult conversation. We have found ourselves in a challenging financial circumstance.”

Rouhanifard was appointed to the failing district as part of a state takeover. He’s nine…

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