CTU protests begin against 54 school closures

Parents and students throughout the city are not giving up the fight to keep their neighborhood schools open.

The protests organized by the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) on the Southside began on Saturday at Jesse Owens Community Academy in West Pullman. The academy is one of five schools on the shutdown list that the CTU is protesting.

Parent Dominique Grant believes that schools are vital to children and the neighborhood. She said some parents want more clarification on why the schools are facing closure.

“If we talk about higher performing, this is the first time Jesse Owens has ever been on a probation period,” Grant said. “Our welcoming school has been on probation for eight years straight.”

In addition to numerous protests, CTU is fighting a battle in the courtroom as two lawsuits have been filed in an effort to stop the planned school closures. Newly elected union president Karen Lewis believes the battle is far from over.

“Everyone needs to see that these communities are worth investing in and our children are worth investing in, instead of dis-investing by closing our schools,” Lewis said.

54 schools in total are in danger of being closed. Chicago Public Schools called them low-performing and under utilized.

The Board of Education is set to vote on the closures this Wednesday.

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5 comments

  • kirby1414

    Waste of time – the King has spoken – has all the 'players' in his pocket – it's signed — sealed — and delivered…

  • bobhamiltonchicago

    The Chicago Teachers Union is acting exactly like the labor unions of the 1960's, as if technology and the marketplace isn't about to radically change its world. The new school house is going to be on the Internet wherever the student happens to be. No more burnt out, unmotivated, unqualified union hacks waiting it out for a pension. The US has fallen too far behind the rest of the world to continue that nonsense. Rahm should go ahead and close down the entire CPS and start from scratch. There is no time to waste.

  • Lulubelle

    well if the majority of them are picketing….then whose left to teach the children? really? as in the past month or so ,videos of , cps, parents and students were all out picketing because of pending school closures, during the day, during the week, when adults should be working and children should be in school. no wonder the schools are underperforming…and under utilized. THINK ABOUT IT


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