Derek Quizon is a GOVERNING contributor.
About 400 students at Seattle's Garfield High School walked out of class Wednesday afternoon to protest proposed cuts to the Washington state education system, reports The Seattle Times.
The walkout may have been prompted by the arrest of Garfield High School teacher Jesse Hagopian, who was escorted out of the state Capitol building in Olympia while protesting state education cuts.
The Seattle Public School system has already had to cut $80 million from its budget this year because of drops in state funding. The state legislature is currently in special session to address a $2 billion budget shortfall.
The students, which The Seattle Post-Intelligencer estimates made up about one-third of the high school's total population, joined a handful of parents, teachers and students from other high schools in a protest at Seattle City Hall.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn addressed the students on the steps of the building. According to the Times story, McGinn told the students, "I'm proud of you for speaking out. I'm 100 percent with you. Now it's time for Olympia to step up."