Students show up to Guam Congress Building demanding answers from senators

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Guam – The Islandwide Board of Governing Students marched to the Guam Congress Building, demanding answers from lawmakers as the education department faces potential cuts next school year.

The IBGS said they wanted to give a voice to the students who would be affected by cuts to education

Students, parents and administrators met with Education Oversight Chairman Sen. Joe San Agustin and committee members Sens. Wil Castro, Regine Biscoe Lee and Therese Terlaje.

The call to lend their voices to the budget conversation came at last night’s Guam Education Board meeting where Student Representative Luke Bukikosa gave an impassioned plea to all those present to join them this afternoon.

“I’m asking that you and your children–we’re not trying to take advantage of your children, but your children are at stake. We are at stake. Your future leaders are at stake. I’m asking that you come and you voice your opinion,” said Bukikosa.

Saying it was important to let their unified voice be heard, Bukikosa made the point that in addition to implementing furloughs and delaying the start of next school year, the Phase 3 budget cuts would also take away students’ after school functions and possibly sports.

About 60 students, parents and teachers, Education Board Chair Mark Mendiola and Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez attended this afternoon’s impromptu meeting with lawmakers.