Members of the group "Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools" were physically removed from a Chicago Board of Education meeting on Wednesday.
The students were speaking out against the numerous school closings and deep budget cuts, including the recent firings of 855 school employees.
"The Board of Education continues to sabotage public education and divert money to their political allies," the group stated on its YouTube page. "We stood up as the only unscripted student voices at the meeting. We were forcibly removed. The Board continues to destroy our educations, but we will keep fighting!"
The Chicago Board of Education claimed that the firings and other cuts — $52 million in total — had to be done to help close an $1 billion deficit.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the 855 firings are in addition to previous cuts:
At the 48 closing schools, 420 teachers of 1,005 lost their jobs, plus 110 paraprofessionals and 133 bus aides and part-timers. At the five schools confirmed for “turnaround,” where the children remain in the building but all the adults are replaced, 192 staffers were laid off: 125 teachers, 20 paraprofessionals, 20 bus aides and part-timers and 27 clerks, custodians and security staffers.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times and YouTube