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.”