Lincoln Park High School students walked out of their third period classes Friday to rally against budget cuts at Chicago Public Schools.
On Tuesday, the cash-strapped school district made $120 million in mid-year school budget cuts. The budget cuts are part of CPS' plan to save money as the district grapples with a $480 million budget hole. CPS, which is in contract talks with the Chicago Teachers Union, announced the budget cuts and its plan to discontinue its pension pickup for teachers after a CTU bargaining team rejected the district's four-year contract offer last week.
Lincoln Park High School's budget has reportedly been slashed by $375,000.
"I'm walking out against these mass budget cuts not only for my school, but for schools across Chicago," Lincoln Park High School senior Nidalis Burgos said in a statement. "We are told we are the future, but the state and the CPS board are wrecking the road to our futures with these cuts. I'm walking out to demand that our elected officials and unelected school board stop fearing future generations, and fund them instead. We are not just numbers attached to dollar signs and tests scores. We are the future and we won't stop speaking out until they understand that."