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by Ellyn Fortino
7:49pm
Fri Mar 22, 2013

Education Advocates, Parents & Teachers Fight Back Against CPS School Actions

About a dozen Parents 4 Teachers members braved the bitter cold late this afternoon outside City Hall to protest the Chicago Public Schools’ announcement yesterday that it would shutter 54 schools and turnaround another six, impacting about 30,000 students. Progress Illinois was there for the "Banner Day" event.

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by Ashlee Rezin
8:40pm
Thu Mar 21, 2013

Chicago Teachers Union, Advocates Speak Out Against School Closures (VIDEO)

Standing outside one of the schools slated for closure, Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis had heated words for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Board of Education today.

Today, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) released a list of 61 school buildings that will be closed. Six of those schools will be turned around while the other 54 will be shuttered outright. Eleven schools will be consolidated.

Calling the school actions a “travesty” and an “abomination,” Lewis called Mayor Rahm Emanuel “cowardly” and said he “should be ashamed of himself.”

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by Ashlee Rezin
4:22pm
Thu Mar 21, 2013

Neighborhood School Advocates Serve School Board Members With Suspension Notices (VIDEO)

In the wake of an announcement that some 50 schools will be shuttered across the city, approximately 70 protesters visited the homes of three Chicago Board of Education  board members this morning to push back against the actions.

Accusing them of “bullying” parents, students, teachers and the community, members of Action Now, some of which have children and grandchildren enrolled in CPS, left “suspension” notices on the board members lawns.

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