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Students walk out of class, march through Portland to protest bond measure decision

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Lincoln High School students walked out of class and marched through Portland to protest the decision to put a $750 million bond measure on the ballot next spring, instead of in November.

Hundreds of students gathered at Pioneer Courthouse Square on Wednesday morning and then surrounded city hall.

Students said they planned to march to the Portland Public Schools offices in north Portland. The group made it to Benson High School in northeast Portland by 11:30 a.m.

Portland police officers responded to the school, which was placed on lockout during the demonstration. 

Students said the demonstration was to protest the school board's decision Tuesday night to put a bond measure on the May 2017 ballot.

Students said voter turnout rates will be higher in November than in May and they believe the bond measure would have a better chance of passing this fall.

Board members said keeping the measure on the May ballot gives them more time to create a better plan to address issues and improvements needed in the district and to reach out to voters.

Students pushed for another meeting on the issue Thursday, but a district spokesperson said no action has been taken by administrators to make that happen.

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