Activists call for CPS boycott next week

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Chicago Public School students return to the classroom Monday but a group of activists is calling for a boycott just two days later, accusing CPS of discriminating against low-income minority students.

About 50 members of the Parents 4 Teachers gathered outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office at city hall Thursday announcing plans for the one-day citywide “Education is a Human Right” boycott scheduled for next Wednesday.

The group is asking students, parents and supporters to attend a rally outside CPS headquarters during the Board of Education’s meeting that day.

The group is part of Journey for Justice, a national committee that is organizing events in other cities around the country to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, which is Wednesday.

The activists say the closing of 49 elementary schools and a high school program, mostly on the city’s West and South Sides, is unfair to students.

CPS released a statement saying “we can’t cut our way out of this crisis and need meaningful pension reform.

On Wednesday, we hope all CPS students will be in their classroom.”

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