Camden students walk out over teacher layoffs

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CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - Hundreds of students from Camden high schools left class to protest layoffs of more than 200 teachers and dozens of other school employees.

The students on Wednesday walked to the district office and shouted for Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard to come outside and listen to their concerns.

They chanted “Save our teachers,” held signs and some band members blared the high school fight song.

Earlier in the week, the superintendent announced plans to lay off 272 staff members including 206 teachers to help balance a budget with a projected $75 million gap for the coming school year.

Rouhanifard did come out to meet the students. He says they should not be suspended and that he will meet with representatives in coming weeks.

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