CHICAGO (CBS) — A dozen school activists paraded outside a Chicago Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, protesting what they said has been a five-year delay in cleaning up toxic lead paint from a Rogers Park elementary school.
The protesters claimed Chicago Public Schools officials have known since 2009 that there was lead-based paint contamination at Gale Elementary Community Academy, but didn’t start removing the paint until this year.
“What we want is to bring light to the fact that we had to pressure CPS into doing this cleanup,” protester Rosemary Vega said. “They didn’t do it out of the kind [sic] of their heart. They did it because they were being pressured, because the Light Brigade organizers were doing actions out there every day.”