CPS Parent Pleads for Asphalt for Children to Play on

3 Mar

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I’ve seen the school closing process compared to The Hunger Games many times.  However, it never struck me how apropos that analogy was until I was at the Midway Network hearing yesterday.  I didn’t stay to see who won, but with only one school on the closing list, it became a parade of parents, students, and teachers representing their schools as they pleaded for their most basic needs to…well I frankly don’t know who they were pleading to.  Surely, the Network Chief knows these needs already and there didn’t seem to be anybody from CPS who wanted to give up a weekend afternoon to listen.   The most heartbreaking moment for me was when Ashburn School got up to ask to have their parking lot paved so that the students wouldn’t have to have recess on the gravel.  Are our schools really that neglected, that a parent has to beg for asphalt for his child to play on?  What’s worse was that it seemed like the ultimate futile gesture as nobody was there to grant his petition.

Labor Beat: North, South, West Sides Unite

“In our third report on the infamous CPS school closing hearings of 2013, we look at the protests as a city-wide phenomenon. The communities of Chicago’s North Side, South Side and West Side are continuing to unite against the Mayor’s war on the teachers union and public schools.”

Bridgeport Alliances Questions CPS Utilization Formula

“We want to speak directly to real decision makers so we know our tax-paying voices are actually being heard,” Rev. Gaulke said. He explained that, just last year, the Illinois legislature gave Sears and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange tax breaks worth nearly $300 million while cutting $200 million from education.”

Chicago’s Deadly Border Crossings: Lives in the Balance

“Local community activists and other adult leaders had pleaded with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) not to go ahead with the change, but it was part of a long term plan to help gentrify the South Side Bronzeville community through school closings, consolidations and boundary changes. Profit was the priority.

Hadiya Pendleton was caught in the crossfire of two gangs that did not even exist before this ill-conceived CPS strategy.”

CPS Board Pushes Next  Meeting Past School-Closing Deadline

“The board cited spring break, but in refusing Chicago Public Schools parents, teachers and students a rare opportunity to attend a weekday meeting on a day off, it also pushed its next meeting past the deadline for school closings to be announced.

That means that, community meetings aside and typically not attended by board members anyway, the public will not get one last chance to address the board formally before schools are designated for closure.”

CTU Financial Secretary Kristine Mayle Testifies Against ISBE Special Education Rules Changes

“What these changes will effectively do is give the Chicago Board of Education and other school districts in Illinois the ability to try to solve their budget crises on the backs of the most vulnerable students we serve. The Chicago Public Schools do not work with the best interests of our students with disabilities in mind, but rather create and enforce policies that compound the difficulties that our students with IEPs experience. If left on their own, without regulation or guidelines from ISBE, CPS cannot be trusted to do right by students. In Chicago, the recommendations of IEP teams at the school level are often thwarted from the district level.

“The board cited spring break, but in refusing Chicago Public Schools parents, teachers and students a rare opportunity to attend a weekday meeting on a day off, it also pushed its next meeting past the deadline for school closings to be announced.

That means that, community meetings aside and typically not attended by board members anyway, the public will not get one last chance to address the board formally before schools are designated for closure.”

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One Response to “CPS Parent Pleads for Asphalt for Children to Play on”

  1. ChicagoTeacher March 4, 2013 at 1:19 am #

    I was at a school closing hearing recently and I saw the Marilyn Stewart/Debbie Lynch people there asking for signatures from teachers to get them on the ballot to run against CORE. I thought this was so disgraceful. They used this event to run their politics. No wonder they lost the last election. There were some CORE people there passing out flyers with information on the school closings. I think I know who has my support in May.

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