By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) —  Philadelphia public school students walked out of class and rallied at City Hall this afternoon to protest the proposed budget cuts for their schools.

More than 1,000 students walked out of class at noontime and converged at school headquarters, at 440 North Broad Street, to protest the budget cuts that would leave schools without counselors, assistant principals, art, music, sports, or extracurricular activities.

Krista Fisher, a sophomore at the Kensington Health and Science Academy, said athletics have been a savior for her.

“They mean a lot,” she said, “because without sports for me, I’d be failing right now.  Because my coaches pushed me to pass, and with sports I’m passing my classes right now.”

The students marched to City Hall, and then back to school headquarters.  They say they hope the mayor, City Council, and state legislators heard their message for more funding.

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