More than a thousand Boston public school students walked out of their classes to protest proposed budget cuts.

The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1purQW7) the students marched through downtown on Monday afternoon and crowded the Boston Common, the nation's oldest park.

Some students then headed to the Statehouse, while others walked to the historic meeting spot, Faneuil Hall.

Boston school officials last week sent a letter to parents asking them to encourage their children to remain in class.

Boston School Superintendent Tommy Chang recently proposed cutting $20 million from the central office budget. He also proposed trimming $10 million to $12 million from the per-student funding formula, which affects the budgets of individual schools.