Chicago Public Schools students walked out of classes on Friday and made several demands, including a return to remote learning and coronavirus « stipends » for students.
Students from around the CPS system walked out of class at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, with some going to the system’s headquarters in downtown Chicago to voice their demands.
The protest was organized by a group called Chi-RADS, which describes itself as an « organization of allied, radical CPS high schoolers from every corner of the city to organize to create an education system that best serves us. »
On Monday, the group issued their list of 39 demands on Twitter, stating that the CPS « neglects » to address « subpar conditions. »
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Part of the students’ demands include that all classes shift to a remote format for two weeks while individual schools work on a plan to involve parents, students, parents, teachers, and administrators in their decision-making on coronavirus policies. Once a plan is finalized, the students are demanding that the plan be put up for a vote by the school body.
In one set of demands, the group states that the CPS should « fully » fund public transportation for students, « reload EBT cards, » and provide « covid relief stipends » to students.
The group posted their chants on Twitter, which include « f–k these racist a– police. »
« hey hey ho ho, lori lightfoot’s got to go, » reads another chant used by the group. « No more oppression, Change is now in session! »
According to Fox 32 Chicago, some students protested near City Hall, in addition to their own schools.
« Many of us are worried about not only our health, but our teacher’s health, our janitor’s health, even our administration’s health, » one student said during the protest.
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Students at the protest in downtown Chicago were seen with signs reading « Not another student to COVID, » « The youth are not disposable, » with one reading « You also tested positive for profiting off putting teachers & students in unsafe conditions. »
A spokesperson for the CPS told Fox News Digital that the district feels it’s important for students to participate in civic action.
« Chicago Public Schools (CPS) remains committed to fostering learning environments that allow students to respectfully deliberate issues with evidence and an open mind – and safely participate in civic action, » the spokesperson said. « It is appropriate in classes or special school events to create an environment where students of all viewpoints feel that they can express themselves in a safe and respectful environment. »
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The demands made by the group of students comes after the CPS came to an agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union on a resumption of in-person learning.
« After a productive day at the bargaining table, I am pleased to report, CTU will end their work stoppage, » Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted on Sunday night. « CPS [Chicago Public Schools] put a great proposal on the table that both bargaining teams discussed in detail today. »
On Monday, students in New York City also staged a walk out, with students at Brooklyn Technical High School leaving in the middle of the day, protesting an apparent lack of testing for those at the school and in-person learning.
Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report