A protest over Chicago Public School closures and funding cuts at the Thompson Center on Friday.
The group, “Raise Your Hand,” organized the event after it compiled a list of more than 100 CPS school budgets for next year. It says CPS will slash more than $77 million. The group marched from the Thompson Center to DePaul University as a show of disapproval over plans for a $55 million stadium at McCormick Place for DePaul University’s basketball teams. The group says this money should be used to prevent cuts in CPS spending.
At this event, demonstrators were also asked about a $500 fee students at Whitney Young High School may have to pay for an optional, seventh period class. The fee isn’t mandatory, but it would help raise money to cover some of the deficit.
“This is an absurd proposal that we have to start charging parents in a public education system while taking money out and giving it to places like DePaul and Vienna Beef and all these places,” said Wendy Katten, Director of “Raise Your Hand.”
CPS says central office has cut nearly $600 million since 2011 to protect investments in the classroom.
WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.