A small group of LSU students and alumni held an extremely brief protest in the Louisiana Senate chamber on Monday to bring attention to the funding crisis facing colleges and universities.
The students unfurled a bright orange banner that read “Save Our Schools” over the rail of the Senate floor.
They echoed out the words on the banner and were, within seconds, apprehended by the sergeants-at-arms and escorted out the capitol. Protests are not permitted in the House and Senate chambers.
“We wanted to make sure that the Legislature knows that students are still paying attention,” Peter Jenkins, a leader of the Save Our Schools Louisiana Coalition, said. “This is directed toward the legislators who are intentionally blocking efforts to save our schools. We have made persistent attempts to urge the Legislature to take action, and so far little progress has been made.”
Last week, more than 1,000 students from across the state joined a rally against the cuts to higher education on the steps of the state capitol.
Colleges and universities could be cut between $70 million and $230 million for this fiscal year because of a historically large mid-year budget shortfall.