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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.