BPS students stage walk out to protest school budget cuts

Boston Public Schools students walked out of school Monday morning in protest of budget cuts. 

Students walked out of school at 11:30 a.m. as part of a national protest over school budget cuts. 

Some walked over to the State House with signs that said, "Where’s the funding?" and "Save our schools."

Students blanketed Boston Common, walked to the State House and over to Faneuil Hall. 

Mayor Walsh said he understands why the students are protesting, but he does not believe they should have left school. 

"The fact that students are protesting about it, I think that’s a good thing, but they can certainly protest after school, and come to the State House and protest after school for additional funding," Walsh said. 

Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson said he supports the students’ message. 

"I support their voice and I support the fact that they are not only talking but they are willing to do something that a lot of folks aren’t," Jackson said. 

Students said they had the support of their parents and teachers. 

Officials at the Boston Public Schools said while they appreciate the students’ passion, they do not condone the students leaving school. 

Walsh said no budget cuts have been finalized at this time. 

A number of students attended a budget meeting at English High School Monday night.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was also there.

Students expressed their concerns about potential cuts in state and federal funding in public schools.

The school committee will vote on the final public school budget in two weeks.

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