Critical gathering this Saturday to Stop School Closings

Citywide public meeting on Renaissance 2010 organized by CORE (Caucus of Rank and File Educators) and co-sponsored by PURE and other groups:

  • Saturday, January 10, 2008
  • 10am to 2pm
  • Malcolm X College, Cafeteria 2nd floor, 1900 W. Van Buren (parking is available off of Jackson)

CORE writes:
Public education as we know it in our city, and for the nation, is at risk. The new Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, presided over the largest destruction of neighborhood schools in Chicago’s history. He has replaced them with charter and contract schools that screen out low income students, exclude and under-serve children with disabilities, counsel-out students with discipline records, youth who are English Language Learners and those who don’t have active parents. We know this model does not represent our vision of a truly public education.

With the Board of Education announcing 20 more schools closures for February, 2009 and up to 14 new Turnaround schools, the fate of our public schools hang in the balance.

It’s a now or never moment!

Either parents, teachers/psrps, students and community members stand up and demand our educational rights, or the whole district will soon be controlled by private interests that don’t care about our needs.

There is a way to stop this. Attend a city-wide public meeting on Saturday, January 10th, at Malcolm X College at 10:00am, and contest the privatization of the system. We have parents, students and teachers scheduled to testify about what has happened to their schools and communities because of Renaissance 2010.

We hope you will attend, invite others, and join us to build a resistance to school privatization and a vision of a truly public, democratically run and adequately funded public education system. 

Event sponsored by:

Caucus Of Rank-and-file Educators (CORE)

The Chicago Teachers Union                  

The Pilsen Alliance

Coalition for a Strong and Democratic Union

ProACtive Chicago Teachers and School Employees

Blocks Together

Kenwood Oakland Community Org.

Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE)

Teachers for Social Justice

The Southwest Youth Collaborative

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