The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Chicago:
Whittier Mothers Win

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.