Lots of coverage of yesterday’s CTU protest downtown — let’s be honest, folks, that’s mostly what it was — including a fun if crazy idea from CTU president Karen Lewis about sending parents and children (and teachers?) to their old closed schools on the first day of school next year. Seriously? There’s also some reaction from Emanuel about the accusation that the closings are racist — though the NPR story this morning quotes a South Side alderman pointing out that CPS overbuilt built in black neighborhoods to maintain school segregation. Scroll to the bottom for coverage of what happens next, which includes hearings, some possible adjustments to the list, and — fingers crossed– some signs of CPS improving academically. If that doesn’t happen, there should be another protest — equally divided between the headquarters of CPS and CTU.
In Chicago, Dozens Arrested As They Protest School Closures NPR: “‘People have a right to the neighborhoods in which they live,’ [Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis] said. ‘Children have the right to a safe, nurturing, loving environment.’During the sit-in, crowds of people on the sidewalk and on northbound LaSalle continued to wave signs and chant ‘save our schools’ as some of the crowd sat down. “Police soon began making arrests, leading more than 50 people away one by one to a holding area outside a building just south of Washington Street.”
Crowds descend on downtown Chicago to protest school closings, more than 100 detained by police WBEZ: A group including teacher union officials, parents, janitors, lunch ladies and ministers sat down in front of City Hall. Police asked each individual to leave. When they refused, police led them away.
Loop rally, march targeting CPS closings lead to 127 detained Chicago Tribune: Emanuel said he and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett “met yesterday, and we’ll be meeting also as we do regularly, and go through now the implementation process that’s necessary to make sure that the 54 schools are ready and we are …
Protesters block downtown streets over school closings Sun Times: Thousands of protesters descended en masse onto Daley Plaza Wednesday before marching through the streets of the Loop to denounce a historic number of schools closing, mainly on Chicago’s South and West Sides. More than 100 were ticketed.
Massive Rally Held to Protest School Closings WTTW: Hundreds of protesters marched in the Loop to protest proposed school closings. Elizabeth Brackett has the latest on the day’s events.
CTU marches against closings Catalyst: Valerie Nelson, who has two children at Lafayette Elementary in Humboldt Park, said she came to the rally because she is concerned closing the school will make her 6-year-old daughter who has autism “regress two years.”
Was Today’s Protest Futile? CPS Chatter: This protest was not a waste of time. When injustice is being done, you can stand silently or you can try and get your voice heard. You hope that you can create a movement and that you stop this mayor from doing this again and you make mayors in other cities ask themselves if they want this fight with the teachers, parents, and students in their city.
School-Closing List Still in Flux, But Now in Board’s Hands, CPS Chief Says DNAI: CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said she can weather the protests — for as long as they last.
Emanuel: Time to move forward with school closings plan Chicago Tribune: … whether he’s willing to negotiate before an expected final vote on school closings by the Board of Education in late May, Emanuel instead said he’s going to concentrate on working with Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett to enact the plan.
Emanuel addresses race in Chicago school closure plan WBEZ: Bishop Larry Trotter of Sweet Holy Spirit Church on 87th Street and South Chicago said he’s worried the closings will lead to an increase in crime and violence. He also said he worries about people who work in the schools losing their jobs. “I think they should go back to the drawing board to find another way to cut costs,” Trotter said. Trotter said about 20 pastors signed the letter, but a copy provided to the media did not include signatures.
After school closings, here’s what CPS needs to focus on Crain’s Chicago Business: With the recent news that Chicago Public Schools is planning to close 54 schools, the city is embarking on an unprecedented effort to reallocate resources among its more than 680 schools. The district has framed this as a matter of resources.
Teachers, parents march to protest planned closure of 54 Chicago schools: ‘This is not over’ Washington Post: At a rally before the march, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis called the closings “injustices” and said lawsuits are planned. Other speakers called for state and federal lawmakers to intervene.
CPS closings called a ‘land grab,’ but Emanuel’s done negotiating Sun Times: Calling it a “land grab” that puts children in danger, black ministers urged Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday to call off or dramatically scale back his plan to close 54 elementary school programs, but the mayor said he’s done negotiating and on to the “implementation” phase.
Emanuel wants ideas, not insults WLS: Wednesday, he was giving School CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett his full confidence. “I am interested in ideas, not insults. I’m interested in ideas that take a 44-percent graduation rate – that means that 56-percent of African-American kids, males, are not …