The Chicago Board of Education voted last week to shutter 50 of the proposed 54 public schools initially identified for closure after the end of this school year, launching the nation's third-largest school district into the history books with the largest single wave of planned public school closures in U.S. history.
Last week's vote to close dozens of public schools followed a weekend of demonstrations highlighted by a 3-day march protesting the CPS proposal to shutter 54 schools in an attempt to shore up a nearly $1 billion budget shortfall and address what has been deemed an "utilization crisis" at its school buildings.
These demonstrations led to the arrest of dozens of protesters, including teachers, parents and community activists, Monday afternoon who while calling for a moratorium on the school closings across the city prior to the final rally in front of the Daily Center were arrested after sitting and blocking elevators in Chicago's City Hall.
“We are going to continue to put pressure and put pressure on the people that are going to make the decision,” said Lewis who also mentioned many parents were upset about the closures, and officials had yet to give them reasons for why their school was on the list.
After Wednesday’s final vote, elementary schools were spared closure after CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett withdrew her recommendations to close Leif Ericson, Marcus Garvey, George Manierre and Mahalia Jackson. Additionally, Bennett recommended delaying the closure of one school, Canter Leadership Academy for one year and tabled the turnaround of Barton Elementary.
Visit the following link to view the complete list of schools to be closed: sleeplessnchicago.com/50-chicago-public-schools-to-close-at-end-of-school-year
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