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CPS Students Boycott

Close to 300 CPS students are boycotting school to protest school closings outside of the Board of Education’s meeting at 125 S. Clark.

Some are missing a state mandated test, the PSAE, required for promotion to the next grade and to evaluate each school and teacher.

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Close to 300 CPS students are boycotting school today to protest school closings outside of the Board of Education’s meeting at 125 S. Clark.

Some are missing a state mandated test, the PSAE, required for promotion to the next grade and to evaluate each school and teacher.

CPS plans to shut down 54 schools this year, and protestors say the agenda of CPS is damaging and misguided, while unfairly impacting African-American and Hispanic communities.

CPS sent letters home with students, asking them to attend class today and take the PSAE test.

Protestors are not directly impacted by closings, as CPS is not shutting down high schools.

Most students were not permitted to speak to the media.

The organizing coalition, Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools, designated only a few students to speak to the public.

Chicago Public Schools officials are asking students not to take part in a demonstration Wednesday.

A group of students are expected to protest school closures outside the Chicago Board of Education.

But, Wednesday is also when Juniors are scheduled to take the state-mandated PSAE test.

It’s required to move onto Senior year, and to graduate.

The test is also used to evaluate teachers and schools.

CPS sent home letters and made robocalls urging juniors not to miss the test.

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