In response to the city's plan to close 54 schools, P4T took to the streets--and overpasses--in the Loop March 22 to send a message to the mayor and CPS: NO SCHOOL CLOSINGS. Not 50…not 20…not ONE. ZERO!
Banners decked the Madison and Washington overpasses at 90/94 and the Randolph St. entrance to City Hall during the evening rush hour. Cars honked horns in support and passersby stopped to talk about how the city should be supporting our neighborhood schools, not closing them.
Why did we spend a Friday afternoon out in the cold holding banners and handing out flyers? There are a lot of reasons:
This is our school system, our city. We all have a stake in this. We all need to fight back.
City-wide Save Our Schools Rally
If you’re concerned about quality education for ALL of Chicago’s children, please attend the city-wide rally on March 27. Bring your children, your family and your friends.
Wednesday, March 27
50 W. Washington
Parents at 35 schools Wednesday kicked off a petition drive demanding that CPS reduce the amount of standardized testing in our classrooms—and eliminate the high-stakes attached to those tests for students and teachers alike.
Parents fanned out during morning drop off and afternoon dismissal collecting hundreds of signatures to go along with the 2,700 plus signatures an online petition garnered in just the first week.
The petition drive is the work of More Than a Score, a new coalition of parents, teachers and community organizations that have come together to improve learning in our schools. Founding members of the coalition include, Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE), Parents 4 Teachers, Illinois Raise Your Hand and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU).
Sign the online petition or, even better, print out the pdf and take it to you school to get signatures. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on how to turn them. This is a great way to talk to parents and organize in your school.
Become informed. Read the P4T factsheet, The Truth About CPS School Closings.
Attend the CPS school closings hearings. Two are being held in each CPS network area. Schedule is here.
Organize parents in your school and build alliances with your teachers. We're all in this together.