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PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
12:57pm
Fri Apr 5, 2013

CTU Takes Lawmakers On Eye-Opening Bus Tour Of Communities Affected By School Closures (VIDEO)

The Chicago Teachers Union led a bus tour of blighted neighborhoods slated for school actions Thursday, providing legislators, stakeholders and members of the press with a first-hand glimpse of communities they say are being “destabilized” by Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) school closures.

PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
8:22pm
Wed Apr 3, 2013

Debate On CPS School Closures Heats Up At Chicago Board Of Education Meeting (VIDEO)

There was no shortage of heated words today at the Chicago Board of Education’s monthly meeting as Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett presented her final school closure plan. Parents, teachers and activists all urged board members to consider the consequences the school actions will likely have on Chicago's communities.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
12:47pm
Wed Apr 3, 2013

Teachers, Parents & Students Protest CPS' Plan To Turnaround Chalmers Elementary

Thomas Chalmers Specialty Elementary School on the West Side isn’t slated to shut down at the end of the school year, but its entire staff could be replaced by the Academy for Urban School Leadership if the Chicago Public Schools has its way.

Chalmers Principal Kent Nolen and a few hundred parents, students, teachers and Local School Council members made it clear at the State of the School Address last night that they won’t sit back and let that happen.

“We have been showing significant growth in reading and math and science, so then we should not be touched,” said Chalmers third grade teacher Louis Lane before the meeting. “At first it was space utilization, now it’s turnaround. We’ve turned around. Maybe they should turn around and go back to where they came come.“

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:09pm
Tue Apr 2, 2013

Local Advocacy Groups Call For Restoration Of State Homeless Student Education Funds

Given the potential record-breaking number of schools closing in Chicago and a recent report showing an increased number of homeless students in Illinois, anti-homeless advocates say it’s more important than ever for the state to restore funding for the education of students with unstable homes.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
3:30pm
Tue Apr 2, 2013

Community Demands New Galewood-Montclare Library (VIDEO)

For more than two years the Galewood-Montclare Library has been confined to an approximately 500 square foot room with only four book racks, three tables and two librarians’ desks. There are no computers, no wireless internet access, and the library is not open evenings or weekends. But community residents are demanding change.

Yesterday, members of the Galewood Residents Organization launched the “Check Out” Program, a month-long grassroots effort to increase the library’s circulation and raise awareness about the community’s need for a library upgrade. Residents are encouraged to rent as many books as possible (up to 30 for each person) in the hopes of checking out every book in the library.

“We know that there’s some budget issues and we’ve been patient,” said Neal Wankoff, member of the Galewood Residents Organization, who called the Galewood-Montclare Library “unusable” in it’s current state.

“We’re going to just keep making noise until they can’t ignore us anymore. We are not satisfied with this library,” he said.

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