CHICAGO (CBS) — Some parents and activists rallied at Chicago Public School headquarters in the Loop Monday to accuse a chain of charter schools of overly harsh discipline.

Protesters chanted: “Invest in us, stop arresting us.”

Their chief complaint? Charter schools run by the Noble Network send students to detention for minor infractions and fine them $5.

“We are absolutely appalled that Noble is padding its pockets off the backs of hardworking people by fining them,” said Alexi Nunn Freeman of Advancement Project.

Since 2008 Noble Schools have collected more than $386,000 in fines and fees for behavior classes–including more than $188,000 last school year alone, CBS 2′s Mai Martinez reports. Read More

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