The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Chicago Students Walk Out to Protest Cuts

Oct 12, 2015

Two weeks ago, Chicago Public Schools announced yet another round of cuts, this time targeting schools with enrollment that was lower than projections – in other words, schools where classes were not quite as over-packed as administrators want. Roosevelt High School, which had already lost 16 teachers in the round of cuts over the summer, lost ten more – a month into the school year.

When Roosevelt High heard about the latest round, they had a meeting in their school. Teachers explained what was happening. A number of students at Roosevelt, along with students at other North Side high schools, decided they would walk out on Monday, October 5th. At Roosevelt, 200 students walked out at 10 AM. They carried signs, with slogans like “I’ve Got 99 Problems, and CPS Is All of Them”; “The Less You Invest, the More We Protest”; and “Cut It with the Budget Cuts.” Students explained to the media that the cuts would mean even bigger class sizes, and a big loss in elective courses. At Foreman High, practically every student left school at 10 AM, and some of them walked over to Roosevelt, as a show of solidarity.

Working people in Chicago have no reason to accept the destruction of their children’s education.