Chicago students walk out of class, request two weeks of virtual school education and covid ‘stipend’


Chicago Public Schools students walked out of classes on Friday and made several demands, including a return to remote learning and a coronavirus “stifle” for students.

Students around the CPS system walked out of the classroom at 12:30 pm on Friday afternoon, some heading to the system’s headquarters in downtown Chicago to voice their demands.

The protest was organized by a group called Chi-RADS, which describes itself as “an allied, radical CPS high school organization from every corner of the city to organize the education system that best serves us.”

On Monday, the group released their list of 39 demands on Twitter, saying the CPS “ignores” the “sub-conditions” to address it.

Chicago ‘Radical’ Students School Walkout Plan, Covid ‘Stipends’ and Two Weeks of Remote Learning

After leaving their classrooms on January 14, 2022, in Chicago, Illinois, public school students staged a protest outside the Chicago Public Schools headquarters. (Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images)
((Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images))

Part of the demand for students is that all classes must switch to a remote format for two weeks when individual schools work on a plan that involves parents, students, parents, teachers and administrators in making decisions about coronavirus policies. After the project is finalized, the students are demanding a plan from the school organization for a vote.

The group says that in a group of demands, CPS should “fully fund” public transportation for students, “reload EBT cards” and provide “covid solution stipend funds” to students.

(Photographer: Cheney Orr / LOVEBYLIFE via Getty Images)

The group posted their chants Twitter, In which “f – k this racist a– policeman.”

Another chant used by the group reads, “Hey Hey Ho Ho, Lori Lightfoot has to go.” “No more oppression. Change is now in session!”

According to this Fox 32 Chicago, Some students staged protests near City Hall along with their schools.

“Many of us are concerned not only about our health, but also about the health of our teachers, the health of our janitors, the health of our administration,” one student said during the protest.

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After leaving their classrooms on January 14, 2022, in Chicago, Illinois, public school students staged a protest outside the Chicago Public Schools headquarters.  (Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images)

After leaving their classrooms on January 14, 2022, in Chicago, Illinois, public school students staged a protest outside the Chicago Public Schools headquarters. (Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images)
((Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images))

The protest in downtown Chicago was seen by students as “not another student for COVID”, “youngsters can’t be discharged”, with a reading “You tested positive for the benefit of putting teachers and students in unsafe conditions.”

A spokesman for CPS told LBL Digital that the district thinks it is important for students to participate in civic action.

“Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is committed to fostering a learning environment that enables students to respectfully address issues and participate in civic action safely, with evidence and an open mind,” the spokesman said. “It is appropriate in classes or special school programs to create an environment where students of all perspectives feel they can express themselves in a safe and respectful environment.”

Chicago, Illinois - January 14: Public school students protest outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters after leaving their classrooms on January 14, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois.  Students walked out of the classroom to hear voices in the ongoing fight between the school district and the teachers union over the Kovid-19 safety measures.  (Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images)

Chicago, Illinois – January 14: Public school students protest outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters after leaving their classes on January 14, 2022, in Chicago, Illinois. Students walked out of the classroom to hear voices in the ongoing fight between the school district and the teachers union over the Kovid-19 safety measures. (Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images)
((Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images))

Demands made by a group of students after contracting with the Chicago Teachers Union on the resumption of CPS personal learning.

“After a productive day at the bargaining table, I’m happy to report, CTU ends their work stoppage,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted Sunday night. “CPS [Chicago Public Schools] Put the big offer on the table for both bargaining teams discussed in detail today.

On Monday, students from New York City also walked out, while students from Brooklyn Technical High School walked out in the middle of the day, protesting the lack of exams and personal learning at school.

Audrey Conklin of LBL contributed to this report



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