Youth with disabilities plan to protest Wednesday outside the Chicago Board of Education meeting against the $30 million in special education cuts proposed in the school district's budget.
Board members are scheduled to vote on the Chicago Public Schools' $5.7 billion budget proposal today.
Leaders with the group Advance Youth Leadership Power, led by youth with disabilities, are spearheading a "People's Board Meeting" and rally, during which protesters will call for the special education cuts to be reversed.
Protest organizers say the school district's proposal to slash special education by about $30 million will "result in the loss of hundreds of positions, including social workers" and "have a severe impact on the education and support of students with disabilities."
Members of Access Living, Equip for Equality and the Chicago Teachers Union are among those expected to join the rally.
UPDATE (4:05 p.m.): The Chicago Board of Education unanimously passed the district's 2016 budget. According to the Chicago Tribune, CPS reinstated some special education funding for 30 schools.