Today PURE held a press conference with six child mental health experts who spoke out about the damage the proposed school closings may do to children, giving their professional backing to what parents, teachers, students and others have been saying over and over for the past few months. We faxed 11 powerful statements from those six and others to the Board of Education members this morning .
You can share these excellent resources with your networks. They need to be in the hands of parents, teachers, and other public school advocates wherever corporate reformers are moving to close big numbers of schools.
I was also able to speak out on Channel 2, the local CBS station – not sure when today it will air.
Lots of folks have been marching all over the city, making connections among all the schools threatened with closure. Many more are planning to be at the Board of Ed meeting tomorrow to make some noise as the decisions are made. You can be there.
You can start calling the Board of Education number now – 773-553-1600. If you’re not sure what to say, read any of these excellent articles that detail the many ways that CPS and the Mayor have lied about the schools. You’ll be inspired.
- Common Sense on School Closings by Newstips’ Curtis Black
- Few Chicago school closings will move kids to top-performing schools, by WBEZ’s Linda Lutton
- CPS closing documents raise questions about closing (CPS’s selective use of data), by the Tribune’s Bob Secter and Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah
- As school closing vote nears, questions remain on money, academics, safety, by Catalyst’s Sara Karp.
Do what you do, and what you can do. Just do something.