CHICAGO -- Some Chicago Public School students and parents protested today against new start times at more than 80 schools this upcoming year.
CPS officials say this will cut transportation costs and save $13.5 million dollars.
But some students say shifting start times is the wrong way to do it. They raise concerns about extra responsibilities, extracurricular activities and safety.
82 schools are scheduled to make the change.
CPS officials say they've heard the concerns and are working to get all extracurricular activities and athletic competition times worked out and are doing all they can to ensure students will be safe.
They released a statement saying:
We sympathize with the families who are impacted by the change to staggered bell times, but our priority is to keep cuts away from the classrooms wherever possible. With safety at top of mind, we will continue to work with school leaders and families to ensure a smooth transition to the upcoming school year while protecting in-class instruction time and extra-curricular activities. We will also continue to focus on preventing deeper cuts and more unsustainable borrowing by working with our partners in Springfield on a comprehensive solution.
School starts September 8th.