Outside City Hall
Truth to Power
Money for schools. Money for books. No more money for corporate crooks! Chicagoans stand for justice and public education. Sit-In. Save Our Schools joins concerned citizens in Chicago while they wait to speak with Mayor Emanuel about community school closings. With September’s teachers’ strike fading in the rear view mirror the Chicago School Board’s attention now turns to the subject of school closures. Reports have anywhere between 80 to 120 schools closing to be replaced with charter schools, and that the Emanuel administration will begin a targeted outreach program to promote the charter school option once a deal has been reached with the teachers union.
Charter schools have been a thorn in the side of Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis, who has been vocal about how they divert much-needed funds away from neighborhood schools. There’s also the matter of laid off union teachers having the first crack at new hires that open within the system, one of the major concessions won by CTU in the new deal with the School Board. Charter schools largely are non-unionized: Only 14 of the 96 charter schools working with CPS have union representation; 12 of them have non-strike clauses in their contracts.