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by Ashlee Rezin
4:25pm
Fri Apr 26, 2013

Massive Bike-Sharing Program Ready To Roll Out In Chicago

Users of Chicago’s public transportation system will have an additional option for their commute come June, as the city prepares to debut a massive bicycle-rental sharing program.

Three-speed bikes painted “Chicago blue” will soon be available at docking stations across the city for a $7 daily pass or yearly membership of $75.

“This is really a big deal,” said Ron Burke, executive director of Active Transportation Alliance. “It’s going to give tens of thousands of Chicagoans every day more transportation options.”

PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
1:03pm
Tue Apr 23, 2013

Call For Legislative Help In Fighting CPS School Closures Rings Loud At Congressional Forum (VIDEO)

The proposal to close 54 schools across the Chicago Public Schools system is unsafe and will destabilize communities already hit hard by the economic depression, according to speakers at a Congressional Forum hosted by U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush (D, IL-1) and Danny Davis (D, IL-7) over the weekend.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
11:48am
Tue Apr 16, 2013

West Siders Hold Nearby Charters Responsible For Emmet Elementary's Shrinking Enrollment

Emmet Elementary School’s utilization rate is 66 percent, higher than a handful of other Austin neighborhood schools.

Even still, the Chicago Public Schools wants to close it at the end of the year, and that decision continues to puzzle some West Side community members and parents who spoke out against the action before Emmet’s final community meeting last night.

“Unfortunately we have an administration with this corporate ideology of privatizing education that uses our data to punish schools rather than use them as tools to go ahead and improve our children’s education,” said Dwayne Truss with the Austin Community Action Council. “And that’s wrong.”

PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
5:39pm
Mon Apr 15, 2013

Chicago Teachers Union Plans To Intensify Political Activity, Push For New Voters (VIDEO)

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is preparing to intensify political activity and push for new voters with a citywide campaign against Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the mayoral-appointed Chicago Board of Education. According to CTU President Karen Lewis, the union could begin canvasing for new mayoral candidates, and selecting nominees for Illinois’ political offices, as early as next week.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
10:47am
Mon Apr 15, 2013

South Siders Blame Emanuel For School Closings At Canter Middle School Public Meeting

Parents and South Side residents called the Chicago Public Schools’ plan to shut down 54 schools at the end of the year a violent and disrespectful act during the second and final community meeting regarding the closure of Miriam G. Canter Middle School, located in the city's Kenwood community.

CPS officials at Friday night's meeting dodged most of the frustrated community members’ questions, saying they were there to listen and that all public comment would be provided to CPS Chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

“The fact that you cannot speak back to us when we’re coming to you on our hands and knees to beg for our damn school, it’s outrageous,” said Hyde Park resident Jill Petty.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
6:29pm
Fri Apr 12, 2013

Community Groups Picket Chicago Urban League, Demand Meeting With Andrea Zopp On School Closings (VIDEO)

Members of Action Now and the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) protested outside of the Chicago Urban League Thursday, demanding its leader and Chicago Board of Education member Andrea Zopp sit down with them and examine the civil rights impact of school closings.

They also called on Zopp to support a one-year moratorium on the Chicago Public Schools’ recent round of proposed school actions and work with them on a sustainable education transformation plan.

“Civil rights organizations are supposed to work with the community organizations and the people on the ground to get clarity on what is happening in our neighborhoods so that their advocacy is in touch with our daily lives,” said protestor Cathy Dale, a Local School Council member at Mollison Elementary and King College Prep.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
5:06pm
Wed Apr 10, 2013

Unions Unite, Issue Joint Report Against School Closings

Members and leaders of three unions representing workers in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system criticized the city’s recent round of school actions in a joint report issued Tuesday, saying school closings hurt children, struggling neighborhoods, and working families.

They’ve called on the Chicago Board of Education, CPS and Mayor Rahm Emanuel not to close any schools.

“Strong schools are supposed to create strong neighborhoods,” said SEIU* Local 1 spokeswoman Izabela Miltko. “We all believe that Chicago needs to protect and invest in its children and not tear apart communities, tear apart schools.”

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