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Parents, students protest CPS school closings

More than 100 Chicago Public Schools children spent part of their day off Friday morning, protesting the proposed closing and consolidation of 13 CPS schools.

Carrying signs, chanting and beating on drums, the students, flanked by their parents and members of the Chicago Teachers Union, made their presence known on the crowded intersection at Clark Street and Adams Street outside the offices of the Chicago Board of Education. CPS pupils are off school today for what's known as an administrative day, when only CPS employees and not students are at schools.

"This consolidation should not happen," said Pamela Johnson, a parent of a student at Beidler Elementary School on the West Side, which would be merged with students at Cather Elementary.

"You're talking about more overcrowding, fewer resources, and bringing kids together from different neighborhoods. I'm worried about the violence that could come from that."


Chicago Teachers Union