CPS parents, students, staff boycott budget cuts

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A march and boycott in Chicago Wednesday was planned to coincide with the march in Washington, D.C. and similar education boycotts in 25 other cities across the country.

Hundreds of parents, students and staff protested outside CPS headquarters and then marched to City Hall.

Board members are voting on a $5.5 billion budget which includes massive cuts and layoffs at many schools.

Grandmother Irene Robinson said, “How can Rahm Emanuel and the Board of Education tell us what’s best for our schools and our children and they come in here destroying our neighborhood.”


Parrish Brown, a senior at Dyett High School in the Bronzeville neighborhood said, “I’m not really learning anything in my school because we don’t have any AP classes, no honor classes and I’m not getting a good quality education.  I’m not learning anything.”

CPS Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett issued a statement this morning saying in part … “Adults need to set the example for our children and advocate that nothing matters more than their education. Removing children from the classroom for even one day is unacceptable. Our students belong in the classroom with their teachers getting the instruction they need to be on a path to a successful and bright future.”

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  • Rainy

    Why do these people keep blaming R. Emanuel for President Obama's "Race to the Top" Education reform???? Somebody, please answer my question… pleeeeeesssssss!!!

  • Enrique

    These are the lemmings that jump off the cliff for the Democrats. Look at then now. This is good entertainment for me. I’m beginning to like this Emanuel guy.

  • Ismael

    I have a question for these marchers. Where is the money going to come from? We as workers are fed up with all the money taken out of our checks. More money is not the answer. Parents have to be involved in their kids lives, teachers are not baby sitters. These marchers do not contribute a single penny to the tax system because most of them are handouts which We pay for. Get a job, pay tax and and maybe then there will be more money for schools If You don't contribute then don't complain about what You are getting.