CHICAGO (CBS) — About 200 students walked out of a North Side high school on Friday, to protest the financial crisis the Chicago Public Schools system is facing.
Lincoln Park High School students dubbed their rally “Fed-Up Friday.” They walked out of third period classes, carrying protest signs, and chanting, demanding more money for education.
CPS cut more than $375,000 from the school’s budget this year, after the Chicago Teachers Union turned down the district’s four-year contract proposal.
The students said Friends Of Lincoln Park High Schoo, a parent-run volunteer group, raised funds to help fill the gap, but other public schools haven’t been so lucky.
“It’s time for a change, and that starts with, one, the unelected school board of Chicago; and, two, every elected official who doesn’t put us first, because we are the future, and if we don’t get it, shut it down,” senior Nidalis Burgos said.