Hundreds march in Loop to protest CPS closures

Just under a thousand people took over portions of Chicago’s Loop this afternoon with the message the want all Chicago Public Schools to remain open next fall.

Parents, students, teachers and staff took time out from their Spring Break to walk, chant, drum and  even get arrested in the name of saving 54 Chicago public schools set to close by the end of the school year.

It was a planned and well executed show orchestrated with police. On foot, horseback and bicycle, law enforcement surrounded the crowd from 5 p.m. when protestors filled LaSalle St outside city hall until 6:15 p.m. when the crowd dispersed outside CPS headquarters. In that time, a human chain zig-zagged its way through the city as union leaders and activists made their message clear.

Hearings continue in April and May.

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13 comments

  • Keith

    IM MISSING SOMETHING IM A POLICE OFFICER WHO WORKS IN A CPS HIGH SCHOOL AND THE ENROLLMENT IS UNDER 250IN A SCHOOL THAT HOLDS OVER 2000.THE FEW STUDENTS THAT DO COME TO SCHOOL FIGHT CURSE OUT THE TEACHER AND ROAM THE HALLWAYS NOT FOLLOWING ANY RULES.AND THE PARENTS ARE CRYING DON'T CLOSE THESE SCHOOLS .IM SORRY I GREW UP POOR ON WELFARE IN THE PROJECTS ON THE LOW END OF THE SOUTHSIDE AND MY MOM AND GRANDPARENTS PUT THEIR FOOT IN MY ASS AND DEMANDED THAT I TAKE MY EDCATION SERIOUSLY AND STAY IN SCHOOL AND GET GOOD GRADES.THE SAME PARENTS PROTESTING ARE THE SAME ONES THAT WON'T MAKE THEIR KIDS GO TO SCHOOL LET ALONE BRING THEM TO SCHOOL THEY ONLY PUT THEM OUT BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT THEM HOME WITH THEM.ITS SAD THAT NO ONE WANTS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILTY FOR ANYTHING THE KIDS DON'T LEARN IT'S THE TEACHERS FAULT THE YOUNG PEOPLE KILLING EACH OTHER IN THE STREET IT'S THE POLICE FAULT THEY WANNA CLOSE UNDERUSED AND UNDER POPULATED SCHOOLS IT'S THE MAYOR AND THE CITY FAULT WHEN ARE YOU IRRESPONSILBE PARENTS ARE GOING TO TAKE THE BLAME FOR FAILING YOUR CHILDREN FAILING TO RAISE THEM TO TAKE EDUCATION SERIOUSLY AND TO PUT YOUR FOOT IN THEIR ASS AND STOP BEING THEIR FREINDS.COME INSIDE SOME OF THESE HIGH SCHOOLS AND YOU WILL SEE THESE SCHOOLS ARE NOT SCHOOLS BUT ONLY HOLDING CENTERS FOR THUGS CRIMINALS AND YOUNG BABY MAMAS . SHAME ON YOU FOR NOT DEMANDING. A QUALITY CURRICULM FOR YOUR KIDS INSTEAD OF JUST A PLACE TO HOUSE THEM.

  • Monoxide

    If we wouldn't have wasted money on babysitting illegals for decades you'de still have open schools. Thanx Obama/Bush, we couldn't have failed without you.

  • Tired of the Morons

    How nice the two most useless mouthpeices showed up for the rally, Karen Fatazz Lewis and Jessie the Jackazz Jackson. Proves how pathetic the rally was.

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