“We need teachers, we need books! We need the money that Rahm took!”
The Logan Square community came out on a frigid and windy February night, February 11, 2012, nearly one thousand strong, to make CPS officials hear them in one voice, “Don’t close our schools!” Protesters met prior to the official Board of Education hearing at a nearby auditorium, then went to the church where CPS officials scheduled their meeting.
There were representatives with students, parents, and banners from many schools in and around Logan Square, including Ames, Avondale/Logandale, Brentano, Darwin, Funston, and Goethe elementary schools, as well as Kelvyn Park High School.
The underlying theme from every speaker at the rally was that all children need quality public schools in their neighborhood — that they can safely walk to. The speakers clearly understood the importance of solidarity amongst the neighborhood schools. They mentioned frequently that any school closed would be a tragedy, which would have a negative impact on the surrounding schools, as well as those who lost their neighborhood school.
Sounds like there are great things going on in Chicago, building on the successful CTU strike.