CHICAGO (CBS) — More than three dozen Chicago Public Schools students and other activists were marching through downtown and beyond on Friday, protesting possible teacher layoffs, and demanding better education funding.
“This is our government; we are the legislators. This is our classroom; we are the educators,” said Adam Gottlieb, an activist with the Revolutionary Poets Brigade as he helped rally students outside the Thompson Center before they started a march to City Hall, CPS headquarters, Board of Education president Frank Clark’s home, and then to Benito Juarez Community Academy in Pilsen.READ MORE: City Was Warned About Thousands of Corroding Light Poles But Failed to Fix Many, CBS 2 Investigation Finds
Protest organizer Nidalis Burgos, a senior at Lincoln Park High School, said there are many people who have failed the public schools.
“Everyone who’s above who is making decisions without keeping the citizens in mind is at wrong,” she said. “[Mayor] Rahm Emanuel, for instance, has been making decisions, wrong decisions, since the beginning by appointing members to the board who don’t really care about us.”