The Spark

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

Chicago Schools:
Stop the Closings!

Feb 18, 2013

Chicago Public Schools officials are holding “hearings” to get “public input,” supposedly to help decide which schools they will close – the latest episode in their highly scripted privatization drama. They got a “warmer” reception than they had expected!

At a hearing in Uptown, near Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home, members of the audience did not even let Board officials finish their opening presentation, when it did not address the concerns of working parents. More than 1000 participants at a west side hearing made sure the Board heard their message loud and clear – “NO school closings!”

At a far Southside hearing, parents at DuBois Elementary showed photos that put the lie to CPS’s “underutilization” claims. DuBois has two classrooms with holes in the ceiling, broken windows and crumbling tile – rooms that CPS counts as usable space. DuBois also has an entire building on its campus that is unusable, but CPS counts that as usable space too.

How many other lies have they told in their drive to hand schools to charter operators? Parents are right to vent their anger at the Board, and to expose any lie they can.