Floyd declared:

Many of the students referenced their student ID number, administered to them by the public school system in Chicago.

“You know me as 40675744,” said one student who stood to address the board, “but today I am more than an I.D. Number. I am the state of education. I am the future. I am a student and I need you to listen to me.”

The student continued:

After all twenty students had spoken they formed a human chain in the meeting room and were chanting “Whose schools? Our schools!” as they were led away by city security officials.

Earlier on Wednesday, members of the Chicago Teachers Union had also picketed the school board following last week’s firing by the CPS of more than 2,000 teachers, which union leader Karen Lewis called a “blood bath” for educators.

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