26 May Students Swarm City Hall After Walking Out Ask City Councilors Not to Vote on Proposed Budget
“Students from several Boston high schools organized a walkout for the second time this spring to protest a budget shortfall that will affect BPS high schools, special education students, and early learning centers, among others. “I can’t speak on behalf of everyone here, but I have siblings in the BPS system and I want to make sure they get the education they need to be successful in life. My ask is to say no to the budget” said Aliyah Jackson, senior at Boston Community Leadership Academy at the City Council hearing on BPS Academics and Social Emotional Learning and Wellness.
Before the hearing, hundreds of students walked out of their schools and headed to City Hall, where they rallied with their peers and allies from the community, chanting “What do we want? Our education” among the peaceful crowd. Students packed the chambers into the overflow room and waited hours to testify in front of City Councilors and a panel of BPS officials. We are so proud of BPS students for organizing around the budget and speaking out for their education.” BSAC Newsletter
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