Parents, activists take part in ‘human rights bus tour’

Some South Side parents and activists embarked on what they called a “human rights bus tour” this morning, the latest action in the continuing fight over closing dozens of Chicago schools and transferring thousands of students.

Many of the parents told WGN they are not happy with the schools CPS has designated for their children to attend, once their own schools close.  They say the new schools are no better and they fear for their children’s safety.

They traveled to Pritzker Elementary School in Wicker Park today to try to enroll their children in a school where they think the kids will be able to get a better education.

The small group included parents and activists from several South Side elementary schools that are slated to close in the fall.  They are demanding that their children be allowed to enroll in a better performing school, instead of the welcoming schools that CPS has designated for them.

The group was told there was a waiting list, but they say the fight continues.

Jitu Brown, the organizer of today’s trip, says he will organize more trips like this in the future.  He says they are not giving up hope for their students.  They want them in better performing schools.

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