Meeting on potential school closings gets heated

Around 500 parents and students gathered at a church in Chicago tonight for a community meeting to protest the potential closing of their neighborhood school.

Today, CPS released a list of  129 schools on a list to shut down.  That’s down from 330.

The crowd at the meeting in the North Lawndale church was outraged, furious and determined to see their schools stay open.

They feel their neighborhoods are being abandoned by the mayor and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett. Not a cps-meetingsingle school board member was present at the meeting.

It is the first of 14 community meetings over the next two weeks.

People protesting the closings have about six weeks to get that message across when the city releases its final list of schools on the chopping block after the school year.

Click here for a list of the 129 Chicago Public Schools under consideration for closure

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6 comments

  • operatertion unity

    First I want to Send Love to my Brothorers & Sisters in Chicago.I am from the cho.Raiseded in ChA-
    Projects on State street .5100 So.State St.I Am 55 yrs.in age.just trying to learn the the computer.-
    So Please try & understand where I am comming from.With Tears in My Eyes I would like to say We-
    Old,School Ones.Need to get on our Godily & Jesus things &Back To Picking &Protesting.Its Black-
    History Month and I have not heard Dr.King. Name Mentiontioned twice.I am tiered of trying to –
    explain to ingorang People .That its.long over due ,for the Ones Who Have Over Come to Share.
    With us who are still strulling.So to You Kaye&Opra &the rest of the Uncle Toms& Aunt Janes that-
    got equal Rights &dont give a Dam about Our Babys Schools being closed the genicide being-
    committed on Them. So to qrote the late grate Micaheal Jackson You sell Outs,Fit In With The Ones,
    that really dont care about Us .

  • We are one.

    Take some of the Con Lottery MONEY SPENT IN THE URBAN NEIGHBORHOODS.THATS SENT-
    THE SURBURBES .AND SEND IT BACK TO FUND THE INNER CITY SCHOOLS.THAT WILL FOR-
    NUMBER ONE GIVE THE TEACHERS MONEY THEY BEEN LONG OVER DUE,FOR DECADEADS.
    AND PUT SPORTS&MUSIC &OTHER PROGRAMES BACK IN THE SCHOOLS.THAT WILL HELP KEEP OUR CHILDREN OFF THE STREETS .BECAUSE THE BIBLE SAY, A IDLE MIND IS THE-
    DEVILES WORKESHOPE.SUPORTER OF THE HAROLD WASINGTON LOVE OF ALL THE PEOPLE- OF CHICAGO COALItION.

  • Pissed Parent

    This just don't make no damn sense..When they first started they said that that money was suppose to go towards the schools.Now look whats happening..Where did and still all that money going cause if the schools gotten it their would'nt be school closings.

  • Pissed Parent

    Sorry I forgot to put "When they first started the LOTTERY they said that that money was suppose to go towards the schools."

    • Cass

      Yup u got that right…That's the sad part a lot of these schools don't get half the resources as these better neighborhoods get. Treat every neighborhood school the same. All the North side schools are doing great and the better neighborhoods…That's what makes me so angry…Just be fair!!!!!

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