members upset with the "damaging" education policies endorsed by
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's appointed school board will hold their
first "People's School Board Meeting" Wednesday, the same day as the Chicago Board of Education's monthly meeting.
Organizers say the goal is to intensify the pressure for
an elected, representative school board in Chicago. The Chicago Board of
Education is the only non-elected school board in Illinois, and state
government must ultimately change the rules.
Going forward, the people's board meetings will be held in the evenings after each monthly Chicago Board of Education meeting. It will be
a space where people impacted by the board's "failed education
policies", like school closures and budget cuts, can be heard. The
Chicago Board of Education voted back in May to close a record-breaking
50 neighborhood schools. And the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) district
is also grappling with a projected $1 billion budget deficit, which has
resulted in classroom spending cuts for some schools.
board has repeatedly made policy decisions that have failed Chicago
children with no accountability to the public," said Jeanette Taylor,
the Local School Council (LSC) chair at Irvin C. Mollison Elementary.
"We will not go to any more sham school closing hearings. We will not
sit at any more bogus advisory councils."
The Chicago City Council's Public Safety Committee voted Monday to make a number of changes to the city's gun control ordinance in order to get in line with the state's recently-passed concealed carry legislation.
Leslie Hairston (5th) says she will work with community stakeholders
and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to bring a new alternative high
school to the South Shore neighborhood now that plans have fizzled for the building of a Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy campus in her ward, which she opposed.
On Friday, a representative from Bridgescape, a national alternative high school operator, said it would open its second Chicago campus next month in Roseland, instead of the previously proposed South Shore site at 7037 S. Stony Island Ave.
strongly opposed the planned Bridgescape site in her community, saying South Shore residents wanted to see more businesses come to
Stony Island Avenue, not a school. The proposed site was also across the
street from the Children's Developmental Institute. An alternative
high school, with students who may be "experiencing some difficulties",
wouldn't be a "good fit" near a day care, the alderman told DNAinfo Chicago earlier this week.