PSAT for 1/25/11: Challenge charter expansion

Tanks and protester, Tiananmen Square, 1989

Tanks and protester, Tiananmen Square, 1989

The Chicago Board of Education will probably vote to approve several new charter schools at its meeting tomorrow despite the fact that local charters have not served most African-American, Latino, or special education students well.

Can the charter onslaught be stopped?

Can “inevitable” front-runner Rahm Emanuel be removed from the Chicago mayoral ballot? Can a coalition of parent, community and teacher groups stop an anti-teacher bill from being railroaded through the state legislature in the last hours of the session? Can “inevitable” documentary Waiting for Superman be passed over for an Oscar nomination?

Yes, it can be done, but it will continue to take persistence, knowledge of the law and the facts, and grass-roots organizing.

For Public Schools Action Tuesday this week, please spread this call to action (posted yesterday) to your networks. If you can’t attend the Board meeting tomorrow, at least call or e-mail your alderman and tell him/her to ask the Board of Education and Interim CEO Terry Mazany why they continue to support more charter schools when, according to the CTU:

Oh, and continue to wear red for public ed on Tuesdays! Thanks!

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Julie Woestehoff is PURE's executive director. Julie's work has earned her a Ford Foundation award and recognition as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Chicago.