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In the face of a directive that bars using pupils for political demonstrating, principals and teachers led more than 1,000 elementary school children on traffic-stopping marches against education budget cuts Friday morning.

The office of city Schools Chancellor Joseph Fernandez said District 3, the community board covering Manhattan's West Side, had been told not to stage the demonstrations.

District 3's superintendent, Anton Klein, said he received no such order from Fernan
dez and he asserted that the marches were "not political, but educational."

Two march leaders, Naomi Hill, principal of P.S. 87, and Sid Morison, principal of P.S. 84, said they had not been informed of any prohibition by the chancellor.

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