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Protesting classroom cuts, 100 students march to District headquarters

Students holding signs at a protest.
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This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

More than 100 Philadelphia School District high school students cut classes Thursday morning to protest a lack of resources in their classrooms.

Students first took to the streets outside of their respective schools – mainly the city’s magnet options – in an attempt to convince classmates to join them.

From there, a mass of students chanting and carrying signs gathered at City Hall and then marched north on Broad Street toward District headquarters.

By noon, the sidewalk in front of 440 N. Broad St. was packed with high schoolers who say that city residents need to be more up in arms about cuts made to classrooms in recent years.

“They’re just being complacent about it. Just because nothing has changed doesn’t mean that things are getting better,” said High School for the Creative and Performing Arts senior Cy Wolfe, one of the event’s organizers.

Wolfe says Harrisburg isn’t the only entity to blame for the city’s school funding woes.

“A lot of the situation is happening in Harrisburg, but the fight is still occurring here in Philadelphia,” he said. “The SRC and Superintendent [William] Hite are still trying to close schools, and meanwhile spending money to open new ones and charter schools as well. So there is something that could be done here in Philadelphia.”

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