Parents, teachers, students, and community members who are unhappy with the
Chicago Public Schools proposal to close or turnaround 17 schools
decided to take their grievances to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's doorstep
yesterday — and not the one at City Hall.
Instead, the protesters headed to the Mayor's North Side home, after rallying at Lakeview High School, where they carried signs that read "CPS Needs To Be Turned Around" and "Brizard Needs A Time Out." Some of the protesters also donned stickers with the words 'silenced' or 'excluded' printed on them, with some putting the labels over their mouths to illustrate the lack of inclusion felt during the process to close seven schools and turn around 10 others.
“People are fed up,” Jitu Brown, education organizer for the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization, told the Sun-Times. “The hope is that the mayor understands that his constituents are serious, which is why we are doing it the way we are doing it, and that he gives audience to the people who elected him.”
The Chicago Board of Education is set to vote on the proposal on Wednesday.