Mayor Rahm Emanuel seemed unfazed Thursday by a newspaper report showing nine out of ten students attending the Chicago public schools targeted for closure are African Americans.
A local charity is offering millions of dollars to the Archdiocese of Chicago, in an effort to prevent more Catholic schools from closing in the future.
The Chicago Teachers Union is slamming the School Board, after the board approved a plan to close seven public schools next year and stage “turnarounds” for 10 others.
As the Chicago School Board gets set to vote on a plan to restructure failing schools, opponents staged a candlelight vigil Monday.
Demonstrators staged a Martin Luther King Day protest outside a public school in the Marquette Park neighborhood on Monday to speak out against planned changes in the Chicago Public Schools system.
Parents of Chicago Public Schools students gathered outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office Monday to demand he hold off on plans to close or overhaul several public schools and meet with them.
A Chicago School Board meeting was suspended Wednesday morning, as angry protesters jumped up and shouted about plans to close and consolidate some schools.
Rainy weather did not impede Chicago Public Schools teachers from continuing their fight against planned school closures into the early morning hours.
More than 500 people jammed the sidewalk in front of the Chicago Public Schools’ downtown headquarters for a 90-minute rally Tuesday night and a handful were determined to stay the night to be first in line for Wednesday’s school board meeting.
Chicago Public Schools chief executive officer Jean-Claude Brizard says the system has no choice but to close some schools because they “are so far gone that you cannot save them.”
Chicago Public Schools officials are planning to close two elementary schools next fall and phase out two high schools as part of a major overhaul of schools in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first year leading the district.
Chicago Public Schools could be in for another round of closures and consolidations.
Emotions ran high Monday night at a special meeting designed to talk about the Chicago Public Schools’ latest plan to consolidate or close several schools.