A group of Chicago education activists are hoping thousands of students take part in an August 28 boycott of a school system, they say, is acting as a destabilizing force in low-income
communities of color.
Next Wednesday, the Chicago
Board of Education is scheduled to vote on a proposed budget for the
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) district, which has proposed some $68 million in school budget cuts. Next Wednesday is also the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous speech calling for equality for African Americans. The March on Washington was one of
the largest political rallies for human rights in U.S. history.
of our democracy is speaking up when you are being dealt an injustice,
part of our history in this country is being able to peacefully express
your frustration when policies do not treat you right,” said Jitu Brown, an education organizer for the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO). “Young people will definitely get a lesson in representative democracy on this day.”
a press conference on Thursday outside of the mayor’s office,
Brown and approximately 50 education activists announced plans for the city-wide,
one-day school boycott. The group also plans to stay away from the
Chicago Board of Education meeting. Read more »