Dec 13, 2010
After 43 days of occupation, the Chicago Board of Education gave in. A dozen mothers and their supporters had been occupying the field house of Whittier Elementary, slated to be torn down. The parents had converted the field house into a library, which the school didn’t have.
The parents’ sit-in and determination forced the school board to provide 1.4 million dollars in new funding. The school board also agreed to put a library in the school, as well as keep the field house open for meetings.
These parents set an example for those at the 146 elementary schools in Chicago that lack a library.
Parents, students and teachers can win funding – when they fight for it.