On June 9th, more than 4,000 parents, students and teachers rallied to call on state lawmakers to pass a budget solution that would keep Chicago’s schools open in the fall. The steady drizzle could not dampen the energy of the crowd, who donned white t-shirts demanding that our leaders ‘Put Kids First’. The atmosphere was electric and you could feel the ground shake as the crowd moved. Organized by New Schools for Chicago, parents and students alike came together to show Illinois lawmakers how important their schools are to their families.
Using the #FightForStudents hashtag, we had more than 100,000 impressions on social media and received coverage from all major media outlets, including WGN, CBS
, DNA Info
and Chicago Sun-Times
While the rally was a definite success for Chicago’s students and New Schools for Chicago, we now must use the momentum generated by the rally to continue to push state lawmakers for a funding solution. Follow us on Facebook
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