CHICAGO (CBS) — Parents and community leaders on the South Side have taken a drastic step as they promote their vision for the future of a Washington Park neighborhood school that closed at the end of last school year.
Members of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization said they’re going on a hunger strike to ask that Dyett High School be turned into what they want: a green technology and global leadership academy.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Second Sunday Night Tornado Confirmed; Cool And Clear Monday Night
The activists are competing against two other proposals for an athletic career academy or a school for the arts.
KOCO education organizer Jitu Brown said they believe the Chicago Public Schools are not seriously considering the green technology plan.READ MORE: Video Of Gruesome Humboldt Park Shooting From CPD POD Camera Was Made Public Without City's Permission, CBS 2 Has Learned
“We’re tired of going to CPS board meetings with people that’s not listening to us. We’re tired of developing world-class proposals – which is not our job as parents, but we do it because we love our children, and we want something better for them – and we’re ignored,” he said.