Chicago Teachers Union, Supporters Gearing Up for Massive Protest Today Against School Closures
The Chicago Teachers Union is gearing up for a massive protest against the closing of 54 Chicago public schools.
Thousands of parents, teachers, students, and community members are expected attend and demand a moratorium on the closures.
The march begins at 4pm at the Daley Center before heading to CPS headquarters and City Hall.
“While the District contemplates how many neighborhood schools they will shutter this year, taxpayers who have had enough of these top-down, draconian measures are strategizing about how to elevate their voices in the school closing fight,” the union said in a statement.
Jackson Potter, a CTU staff coordinator, said to “expect thousands of angry teachers, parents and custodians” at Wednesday’s rally.
The union claims it obtained a secret memo warning principals that civil disobedience in their schools is a real possibility and asking them to report any possible protests.
“Why are they asking principals to work as agents of this administration when they are the ones who have created a climate of chaos?” Lewis said in a statement. “Civil disobedience is a direct response to unjust policies and practices. We intend to use whatever nonviolence protest actions we have in this fight for education justice. “
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