Protest charters at CPS Wednesday

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Private school managers at Noble Street, UNO, CICS, etc. have been spending lots of money recently to make it seem as though charters are popular in the community. They packed several community “hearings” held to take public input into renewing and expanding their charter networks, recognizing that it would be a good investment in keeping and expanding their school contracts.

But that doesn’t mean that CPS should take away your school and give it to Noble, UNO or CICS, too.

Interim CEO Terry Mazany took all charter decisions off the table at the December Board meeting – they are back on at the meeting this Wednesday, Jan. 26.

The CTU will provide buses for any school or group that can fill them – read more here about what to do this Wednesday to support our open enrollment neighborhood schools:

From the CTU via Teachers for Social Justice:

The upcoming Board of Education meeting, on Wed. January 26, at CPS Board Headquarters, promises to showcase the battle between the forces of privatization of Chicago’s schools (charter operators such as UNO, CICS, Noble Street, etc.) and the community-based organizations that are demanding increased resources for underfunded neighborhood schools.

The Board will likely be voting on proposals to establish 6 new charter schools, expand grade offerings at 2 charter schools, convert a contract school to a charter, and increase enrollment at 4 charters.  Charter operators are offering incentives to their students and families to show up in force at this Board meeting.  We expect they will bring hundreds of pro-privatization, pro-charter demonstrators.

Many of you are working with school communities, parents, teachers and students.  It is vitally important that those diverse and eloquent community voices are heard at this Board meeting.  Chicago Teachers Union is organizing a press conference to bring out the neighborhood voices which want strong, public, accessible community-based schools.  We encourage all of our community partners to bring speakers to testify at the Board hearing to show the progress being made through the partnerships that exist, and to speak on how privatization threatens our school communities.

If your organization can bring a busload of persons to the Board meeting, CTU can provide the bus.  The Board meeting will begin at 10:30 am.  Sign-up to speak starting at 6 am.  Press Conference at 9:30 am.

Please contact me if you are able to organize your members, activists and leaders to attend this meeting, testify to the Board and support neighborhood schools’ right to increased resources.  This is an important moment in the ongoing battle inside our schools.  Your help is needed.

Norine Gutekanst
Organizing Department Coordinator
Chicago Teachers Union
312-329-6226 (ofc)
708-466-5381 (cell)

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