Yonkers students on how they organized their protest


The Yonkers Public Schools students who organized Thursday’s protest in front of City Hall said they used Facebook and Twitter to bring out a crowd that numbered in the hundreds.

The protest organizers are teens from the district’s seven high schools’ student body councils.

The Yonkers high schools' student body leaders who organized the March 30 protest at City Hall against state cuts to Yonkers' education funding.

The organizers said they mobilized after schools Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio met with them on Tuesday to discuss the district’s 2011-12 deficit, which as of today is projected at $83.1 million.

“Our superintendent spoke to us about the immense budget cuts that our city was faced with and I got up personally and I said to my fellow student government council members that the budget cut was completely unfair and that we had to do something about it,” Saunders high school student Layla Vasquez said yesterday.


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