Students rally for Philadelphia schools, shut down traffic

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Monday, May 20, 2013

A swelling crowd of thousands of Philadelphia public school students left their classes at noon Friday and marched outside the district headquarters on North Broad Street to protest proposed education cuts.

Chanting "Save Our Schools" and "No education, no life," the students attracted supportive "honks" from drivers passing the mid-day scene. The orderly crowd shut down traffic as it moved south on Broad Street toward City Hall and rallied in the building's courtyard.

The students approached City Hall just as the City Council's finance committee was preparing to vote on use and occupancy tax which was proposed to raise some funds for the schools. The students did not enter City Hall and after a short rally most of the students headed back north on Broad Street toward the school district headquarters.

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