Seventeen-year-old Jennifer Lewis was driving past Mira Mesa High School this Saturday when she saw it: a line of about 15 parents and students, panhandling.

The crowd wasn’t really seeking spare change, but protesting California school budget cuts, which are expected to slice nearly $80 million from San Diego Unified’s budget next year. The shortfall is expected to increase class sizes, gut programs and prompt layoffs for at least 600 employees.

Protesting for school funding

Lewis grabbed a camera, and sent voiceofsandiego.org some photos. The Scripps Ranch High School senior was familiar with the cuts, after discussing the problem in her Advanced Placement Government and Politics class, she said.

“I think my photographs speak louder than words,” Lewis wrote via e-mail.

Well put.

EMILY ALPERT

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