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CPS debate: Should kids be used as a protest tool?

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago public schools open for classes next Monday, but on Wednesday, some people are telling kids to skip school.

A group called the Citywide Education Coalition announced a one-day boycott of Chicago Public Schools to protest the closing of 50 CPS campuses, including 49 elementary schools which CPS says were under-enrolled or under-performing.

SEE: Community groups, school councils to boycott CPS

CPS is trying to fill a huge budget hole, but this group says the closings violate children's' civil right to a safe, quality education and they're using kids as their spokespeople.

People will always have political differences and there's certainly room for disagreement on the issue of the CPS closings, but is it okay to get kids involved by pulling them from school for a day?

Jitu Brown, an organizer of the one-day student boycott, and Jesse Ruiz, the vice president of the Chicago school board, sound off on this topic.

Watch the debate video above.

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