Parents say school closures violate children’s civil rights
Some angry parents who say their children have become victims of violence since their school was closed are filing civil rights complaints against Chicago Public Schools.
At the beginning of the current school year children from Price Elementary School, 4327 South Drexel Boulevard, were folded into the student population at National Teachers Academy, 55 West Cermak Road. Some parents and activists say it has made for a dangerous mix and children are getting hurt.
Today parents sounded off against CPS outside the Price school, which closed last fall. The same fate could possibly be facing over 120 other city schools, due to under-enrollment and under-achievement.
The protesters claim Price students have not been welcome at the National Teachers Academy, 22 blocks away in Chinatown, and there have been a number of skirmishes, including what the protesters say was a premeditated attack on Monday that landed one former Price student in the hospital.
A police source confirms the attack occurred at NTA. A 13-year-old boy suffered head injuries and a 15-year-old was arrested.
The parents and activists have filed two civil rights complaints, and they are demanding a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. They claim CPS closures violate civil rights because childen are denied a quality education in their own neighborhoods.
So far, no response from CPS to the group’s protest.