CPS high school students protest budget cuts in the Loop

CHICAGO (WLS) -- About 500 CPS high school students gathered for a protest and study-in against state budget cuts at the Thompson Center in the Loop Friday evening.

The state of Illinois has not approved a new budget and has threatened funding to Chicago Public Schools.

The students, who were protesting cuts to their education and possible teacher layoffs, laid down on the plaza and marched around the building.

State Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-39th District, said he sees no end to the four-month old budget stalemate.

"I think what's going to happen is Chicago Public Schools is going to be in a real crisis and that's going to hit every family in the city of Chicago," Guzzardi said. "I think it's crucial that we avert that crisis. And hopefully trying to avert that crisis will bring us to some sort of consensus."

The Chicago Teachers Union has already given notice to teachers to prepare for a potential strike in January if there are massive layoffs.

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