CHICAGO (CBS) — Upset with school closings and budget cuts, some grassroots community groups are calling for a one-day boycott of the Chicago Public Schools.
WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, groups of parents, students and community activists gathered outside Mayor Emanuel’s office to call for an elected school board.
Incoming Dyett High School Senior Parrish Brown says they’ll boycott school next Wednesday–the anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.
Brown said Mayor Emanuel’s budget cuts are creating what he termed “school deserts.”
Michelle Young, president of the social activist group Action Now, said school closings, budget cuts and teacher layoffs have put Chicago school children under attack.
CPS Supt. Barbara Byrd Bennett told CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine that children have no place in this dispute.
“I think to use children as a protest tool and not to to attend school is reprehensible,” she said. “Our children need an education and need to be in school.
“If we have differences, then the adults should come to the table and have that conversation. I’m old school. Children don’t belong in that conversation.”
While demonstrators at City Hall were protesting budget cuts and schools closings, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was elsewhere, honoring some school principals for their achievements.