Chicago School Board Votes to Close 50 Area Schools Today
Despite organized opposition from teachers, parents, students, and community leaders, on May 22, 2013, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's "hand-picked" school board voted to close 50 city schools, leaving many kids to cross gang territory to reach their new schools.
- This 24 minute Huffington Post video synthesizes the build up to the vote, capturing community context and response from affected parties: parents, teachers, administrators, journalists.
- Becky Vevea and Linda Lutton who cover Chicago public schools indicate that the move to close these schools will address neither the budgetary considerations nor the school performance that have both been offered as justification for the controversial closures.
- A primary reason given for the closures is that they will help stop a $1 billion budget shortfall.
- From the Chicago Public Schools Facebook page a picture of shiny children in a welcoming school.
- Some see this as propaganda:
- By Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah and John Chase, Tribune Reporters, quote Karen Lewis, president of Chicago Teacher's Union in their report:
"Given CPS’ history, there is no way it has the capacity to shut down 13 percent of our entire school district without mass chaos,” said CTU President Karen Lewis. “Every school that is closed impacts another in the broader community. That’s one more child exposed to Chicago’s rising tide of violence.”
- The Chicago Public School website tells about today's vote from it's perspective.
- (BBB = Barbara Byrd Bennet, CEO of Chicago Public Schools)
- Citizen journalists capture a different version of the meeting.