Chicago Police broke up a demonstration at City Hall on Thursday, after activists staged a sit-in to protest controversial bond deals at the Chicago Public Schools.
With 49 elementary schools set to close this summer, and the district facing an additional $412 million in pension costs, the Chicago Teachers Union estimated hundreds – if not thousands – of teachers could be laid off to reduce district spending.
The decision to close 49 elementary schools in Chicago is done, but bitterness over the move lingered Thursday morning, as the Chicago Teachers Union vowed to continue their fight against the closings, and parents and students protested the looming closure of their schools.
Singing the civil rights anthem “Woke Up This Morning,” Congressman Bobby Rush called it “The Freedom Bus.”
The Chicago Teachers Union accused the Chicago Public Schools system of “educational apartheid” on Friday.
Chicago Teachers Union delegates are expected to meet Sunday afternoon and could decide whether to end a strike that kept students out of classes last week.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday he wants Chicago Public Schools officials and the Chicago Teachers Union to continue negotiating until they finish a deal to open schools again.
More than 90 percent of teachers in the Chicago Public Schools voted to authorize a strike this week, in a move that the Chicago Teachers Union believes will provide a leg up in negotiations starting next month.