At 11:30 a.m., hundreds of high-school and middle-school students walked out of their classes at Boston schools and streamed onto buses and subways for the ride downtown to let the mayor and the governor know they don't want their programs cut.
They swarmed out of Downtown Crossing for a rally at the Parkman Bandstand on the Common, followed by a march up to the State House and then to Faneuil Hall. Mayor Walsh, who was attending a press conference at Faneuil Hall to announce that Boston would host a conference for millennials who want to get rich, got into his car and left without talking to the students outside. Perhaps he heard them booing his name and vowing to make him a one-term mayor.
Heading to the State House:
Although Mayor Walsh has announced a $13-million increase in city funding on BPS, school officials say they still need to make cuts because of previously negotiated salary increases, transportation costs that did not come down after assignment zones were rejiggred and other increases. Much of the $50 million in cuts will come in centralized services such as janitorial services, but high schools will all have to make cuts - some have already announced plans to lay off librarians and eliminate some foreign-language classes. Elementary schools are largely spared because they have fewer discretionary programs to begin with.
Students chanted "What do we want? Education? And if we don't get it? Shut it down!"
Some protesters were silent as they held their signs:
And one protester took it out on a presidential candidate: