Chicago Public School teachers, students and parents are filling the the Loop this afternoon in the name of saving education.
The crowd will march from Daley Plaza to City Hall and then CPS headquarters. The Board of Education has metal barricades around the building in anticipation of the protest.
The demonstrators have hopes of being heard and making a difference to stop the closures of some CPS school
School execs, aldermen and the mayor are also keeping the issue top of mind.
Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett made an appeal to parents to work with her during the consolidation of 54 schools on the south and west sides so safety is not the concern for so many children finding their way in a new school next fall.
“I want them to understand safety of our children is first. I will do nothing to compromise it even over quality education,” she said.
As voices are expected to fill the Loop tonight, people like Alderman Bob Fioretti claim they are doing what they can to reverse the irreversible. Fioretti is losing six schools in his district by the end of the school year. He calls it the “meat cleaver” approach.
Earlier today, Mayor Emanuel discussed the closing of underutilized schools and how public school kids are the one that lose if changes aren’t made. He’s making sure change happens on his watch.
“Locking kids into a system that is failing their full potential is unacceptable for this his city,” he said.
More public hearings are scheduled for April and May.