By Vishakha Darbha and Bian Elkhatib
eachers, parents and students gathered across the city Wednesday to protest Chicago Public Schools’ budget cuts.
The Chicago Teachers Union helped organize the demonstrations in nearly 200 schools, demanding more funding for teachers and extra-curricular activities. Other issues included smaller classrooms and a decrease in standardized tests.
Medill checked out the protests at two very different schools located within five miles of one another.
At Saucedo Elementary Scholastic Academy, about 30 people gathered outside the school. Teachers, parents and students gave speeches about how the budget cuts could affect them in adverse ways.
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At Walter Payton College Prep, about 40 parents, students and teachers staged a walk-in.
Payton hasn’t been as affected by the budget cuts because parents have contributed to the school’s funds.
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The walk-ins were held on the same day as Governor Bruce Rauner’s second budget proposal in Springfield.