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.