CHICAGO, IL – Students from Lincoln Park High School will walk out of class and meet outside in the mall at 2001 N. Orchard Street in Chicago today (2/12/16) at 9:55 A.M., to speak out against the drastic budget cuts announced Tuesday by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the intolerable consequences faced by students, teachers and the community as a whole. Students plan to rally with a coalition of supporters.
“Students are upset by the conflict between the City of Chicago and the teachers of Chicago. As students, it is time to speak out and demand that officials fund our schools without disparity,” says Adia Njie, a junior at Lincoln Park High School. “I am fed up with being seen as just a number who doesn’t deserve the same resources as students in affluent communities.”
Speakers at the walkout will include:
- Nidalis Burgos, Senior at Lincoln Park High School
- Alys Maldonado, Junior at Lincoln Park High School
- Brandon Arias, Sophomore at Lincoln Park High School
- Adolfo Lopez, Sophomore at Lincoln Park High School
- Jaden Gray, Sophomore at Lincoln Park High School
Nidalis Burgos, a senior, was one of the Lincoln Park High School students who staged a walkout in 2013 to speak out against teacher layoffs. Since then, budget cuts within CPS have had a drastic, negative effect on the futures of students and teachers alike.
“I’m walking out against these mass budget cuts not only for my school, but for schools across Chicago,” says Nidalis. “We are told we are the future, but the state and the CPS board are wrecking the road to our futures with these cuts. I’m walking out to demand that our elected officials and unelected school board stop fearing future generations, and fund them instead. We are not just numbers attached to dollar signs and tests scores. We are the future and we won’t stop speaking out until they understand that.”