BY CAMILLE GRANDJEAN
This morning, Walter Payton College Prep students gathered outside the Thompson Center downtown and proceeded to march to CPS headquarters in protest of the severe teacher cuts that could occur if a budget is not approved by the legislature in Springfield. Students are pressuring Springfield to act in the upcoming weeks to avoid the potential cuts. As students marched to the CPS headquarters, they chanted and explained the impact the cuts could have on students and teachers. Students lined the block in front of CPS headquarters, quietly studying in the rain.
The 480 million dollar budget deficit could result in the loss of over 5,000 CPS teachers by second semester. According to these numbers, about 12 teachers would be cut at Payton. Class sizes might balloon and others will be completely cut. Although students were not permitted to attend the board meeting, one Payton student with a press pass was able to text informational updates to students outside.
Editor-in-Chief of the Payton Paw Print Matthew Mata interviewed Vice President of the CPS Board of Education Jesse Ruiz after the meeting.
Around noon, students marched back to the Thompson Center, continuing to protest and inform many about the issues CPS students and teachers will be faced with if Springfield doesn’t act.
Photos by @Steph_Choporis and @colinbphoto