- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Students at Boston’s public schools are staging their second walkout of the year to protest education budget cuts.

More than 1,000 students planned to join a march to City Hall to demonstrate their displeasure with cuts to high schools. Thousands of Boston students staged a similar protest in March.

School administrators were urging students to stay in class because standardized mathematics tests were being administered.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh called Tuesday’s walkout “inappropriate” and defended his administration’s funding of public schools.

City Council member Tito Jackson said he invited students to attend a council hearing. Jackson has been pressing Walsh to increase next year’s school budget by $30 million to keep pace with rising costs.

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