Students protest teacher layoffs

CHICAGO, March 25 (UPI) — Nearly 2,000 students participated in a brief walkout at three schools in a Chicago suburb to protest a plan to lay off 363 teachers, officials said.

The walkout came after the Carpentersville-based Community Unit School District 300 school board voted 4-3 to eliminate the teaching jobs, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Students briefly walked out of class Thursday at the schools to protest the board’s action.

“If we hadn’t done it, we would have felt like we had given up,” said Anita Perez, 14, a freshman at Jacobs High School in Algonquin. “We really care about our education and our teachers.”

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