Parents, CTU members protest school closings

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Chicago Teachers’ Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis took her “Anti-School Closing” message to parents in the Lawndale neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

Parents and CTU members, including Lewis, attended a unity rally and balloon launch in support of Chicago Public Schools in the Lawndale neighborhood.

54 schools are slated to close this year.

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  • kirby1414

    The writing is on the wall, people – – King Rahm has spoken – all of you are wasting your time and efforts . He hired Barbara Bird – she's in his pocket$$$ – – he appointed the school board – they are in his pocket$$$ – – Where is the confusion here???

  • Lifelong Chicagoan

    This has to be done. Every city in this country that has significant population losses, like Chicago, has to close underutilized schools. Unless some billionaire like Warren Buffett comes along and writes a check, this unneeded infrastructure is going to drag us down, until we jetison it. All the unused and underutilized buildings, the nice big paychecks and fat pensions for the huge education bureaucracy. We can't afford it anymore, people. Time to wakeup and smell the overspending and the deficits. The protesters are delusional!

  • Kathleen C

    When I was a kid, (a ong time ago) the Chicago School Board decided the school I was attending would only have K through 5th grade. We had to attend a larger school 17 blocks from my house. Guess what we did… WENT TO SCHOOL AND GOT AN EDUCATION. Not complained, when my parents were told where we were going, they went there and enrolled us… END OF STORY. Be thankful your children have a school and quit complaining and focus on getting them educated and not in gangs!

    • sharong4

      AMEN!!!!!! i went to William Penn and Paderweski. Penn was a good school. Times do change and so do people. Back then we had teachers who liked to teach and not molest children. We had after school reading programs and could walk home without getting shot. The drug dealers made sure you went to school. If you didn't have any money to get on the bus, as long as you made an effort, you were given money, by the drug dealers, to go to school.