Deseg Protest On Monday

According to this PURE press release, there's going to be a protest on Monday against the possible dissolution of the deseg consent decree. 

Concerned Parents, Community Groups hold their own Public Hearing to
Oppose Lifting of Chicagos Desegregation Consent Decree

Contact:
John Paul Jones, NCBGs Rebuild Our Schools Task Force: 312.939.7198, X.
3868
Julie Woestehoff, Parents United for Responsible Education: 312.491.9101
Valencia Rias, Designs for Change: 312.236.7252, X 241 or 245

Press conference called to present testimony submitted for canceled
court hearing,
and to demand continuation of federal scrutiny of CPS
to safeguard African-American and Latino children from district harm

When: Monday, May 15, 2006, 10:30 am

Where: Federal Plaza, 220 S. Dearborn

What: Judge Kocoras, who oversees the existing Modified Consent Decree
between Chicago Public Schools and the U. S. Justice Department, had
scheduled a May 15th court date for the public to voice their concerns
about ending the Consent Decree.

At the May 4th hearing, CPS and the
U.S. Justice Dept. asked the judge to approve a settlement proposal. The
judge called the settlement sparse and surprised everyone by inviting
a response from the amici attorneys from the ACLU, MALDEF, and the
Chicago Lawyers Committee.

However, the judge also canceled the public
hearing.

Parents and community members believe our children will continue to be
harmed
if the proposed settlement goes forward, so we are holding our own
public hearing.

The Consent Decree requires CPS to undergo federal scrutiny and
oversight concerning how it allocates money, teachers, and resources to
provide children of color with better educational opportunities.

Testimony from parents, teachers and concerned community members and
organizations will illustrate how CPS has failed to comply with the
Consent Decree to date and why it should not be allowed to escape
continued federal scrutiny.

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