Saturday, May 18, 2013
Thousands of Philadelphia school students walked out of class and marched on city buildings to fight drastic budget cuts to their education.
Chanting “save our schools” and holding signs, the teens from at least 27 schools converged on the School District of Philadelphia headquarters at 440 N. Broad Street just after noon Friday, shutting down Broad Street to traffic.
Once the demonstrators reached numbers in the thousands, they began marching south on Broad Street towards Philadelphia City Hall at Broad and Market Streets — arriving around 1:30 p.m.
The students are fighting a series of severe budget cuts proposed by the district to close a more than $300 million funding gap. The proposed cuts include ending arts and music programs, sports and cutting auxiliary staff like secretaries, librarians and counselors.
The demonstration is happening at the same time parents, teachers and students testify before a Philadelphia City Council hearing on school funding.
The demonstration walked around City Hall in the middle of the street — shutting the area down to traffic. They also made their way into the building’s courtyard to have their voices heard.