Hundreds of students at Chicago's Kelly High School in the city's Brighton Park neighborhood walked out of school Wednesday afternoon in protest of charter school expansion in the city.
The Chicago Board of Education is set to vote on charter school proposals later today, including a charter school just blocks away from Kelly.
The Kelly community and residents on the Southwest Side have expressed concerns about the proposal, saying that the school will lose already tight resources if a new charter school is opened.
"As a Kelly student I have noticed that every year they have been cutting our school budget because CPS says that they don't have enough money, and yet they're trying to open a new charter school in my community," Brighton Park resident and Kelly student Jonathan Herrera told Progress Illinois Monday at a march and rally held in protest of charter expansion. "Don't open a new school. Fund the schools we already have. This year, my school got a budget cut [of] over $800,000, and I have already noticed changes in my school."
The Chicago Public Schools district is recommending that the board of education approve two of the 11 charter proposals that have been submitted. The board's vote on the proposals will take place Wednesday afternoon.
Check back with Progress Illinois for updates on the board of education's vote and related news on charter school expansion in the city of Chicago.