Just under a thousand people took over portions of Chicago’s Loop this afternoon with the message the want all Chicago Public Schools to remain open next fall.
Parents, students, teachers and staff took time out from their Spring Break to walk, chant, drum and even get arrested in the name of saving 54 Chicago public schools set to close by the end of the school year.
It was a planned and well executed show orchestrated with police. On foot, horseback and bicycle, law enforcement surrounded the crowd from 5 p.m. when protestors filled LaSalle St outside city hall until 6:15 p.m. when the crowd dispersed outside CPS headquarters. In that time, a human chain zig-zagged its way through the city as union leaders and activists made their message clear.
Hearings continue in April and May.