It was an atmosphere reminiscent of a basketball game, with a
cheering crowd packing the bleachers of a gymnasium donning the purple
and gold colors of their favorite school.
But the rallying cry
that came from those who attended Saturday’s Chicago Public Schools’
public hearing had nothing to do with rooting for their team to win, but
rather it was a plea to officials to not shut down any one of the four
schools still being considered for closure within the Ravenswood-Ridge
Close to 200 concerned parents, teachers and
community members attended the meeting held at Truman College on the
city’s North Side. It was the latest in a series of discussions CPS officials are conducting with residents from various communities that have schools on the chopping block.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is teaming up with the U.S. Department of the Navy in the launch of a summer program that will provide intensive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to more than 1,000 students in Chicago Public Schools.
“Some Valentine’s Day,” read the sign Angela Coleman, a Chicago
Teachers Union delegate for George Washington Carver Primary School,
held as she pleaded that her school not be shut down at last night’s
Chicago Public Schools community hearing for the Lake Calumet Network.
and hundreds of other far South Side residents representing the 10
schools that remain on CPS’ latest list of possible school closures,
which was released Wednesday, filled the bleachers of Olive Harvey
College in attempts to save their schools.
the meeting started, the feisty crowd, some holding signs reading “What
would Ira Aldridge say?” (referring to the namesake of one of the schools) chanted in unison, “Take us off the list,”
while stomping in the bleachers.
As the deadline looms for Congress to agree on a budget plan that
would avoid an automatic series of spending cuts, a coalition of
worker rights', veteran and anti-poverty advocates convened at Federal
Plaza Thursday to voice their concerns over the potential negative
impact such a move would have for the most vulnerable Americans.
More than $1 trillion in cuts over the next decade, known as sequestration, are set to go into effect March 1. According to a report
released last September by the White House Office of Management and
Budget, reductions would be made across the board, impacting more than
1,200 agencies and programs.
Singing such tunes as “Stop in the
Name of Love”, some 40 to 50 protesters stood in the cold to give what
organizers described as a “Valentine’s Day message” to both Illinois
Democrat U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk to preserve
funding for the country’s social safety net.
In anticipation of a new round of neighborhood school closings by the Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said officers can provide safe passage for students traveling further distances and “crossing gang boundaries.”