Category Archives: Chicago Public Schools

Chicago residents demand action after girl raped near school ‘Safe Passage’

Safe Passage sign above a designated school safety zone for Chicago children. (Image: Chicago Tribune)

Safe Passage sign above a designated school safety zone for Chicago children. (Image: Chicago Tribune)

 

 

 

 

Residents of Chicago’s Belmont Cragin neighborhood met Thursday at a Northwest Side Housing Center meeting to demand police protection. Two days earlier, a 15-year-old girl was raped and assaulted about a block from a school “Safe Passage” route . . .

Click here to read about community action after the rape of a Chicago girl near a school “Safe Passage” route.

Chicago Teachers Union says school closings are ‘racist,’ thousands protect district’s decision

CTU President Karen Lewis and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, at annual CTU LEAD dinner, Oct. 2012. (Wikimedia Commons/Pat Barcas)

CTU President Karen Lewis and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, at annual CTU LEAD dinner, Oct. 2012. (Wikimedia Commons, Photo credit: Pat Barcas)

Late Wednesday afternoon, the Chicago Teachers Union, with president Karen Lewis at the helm, led protests against the closing of 53 elementary schools and one high school. Union’s leaders, teachers, parents, religious leaders and concerned community members gathered at Daley Plaza, then marched on LaSalle Street, culminating in a sit-in on the southbound lanes of the street, in front of City Hall . . .

Click here to read about Chicago school closings protest.

Three teachers, union, file racial discrimination suit against Chicago schools

 The Chicago Teachers Union and three teachers have filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Chicago Public Schools. Image: Associated Press.

The Chicago Teachers Union and three teachers have filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Chicago Public Schools. Image: Associated Press.

Three Chicago public school teachers who lost their jobs this year have filed a lawsuit stating the district’s “turnaround” school process is discriminatory, because it targets African American teachers from west and south side schools. The Chicago Teachers Union has filed a federal lawsuit, asking for class-action status, and the three teachers, Donald L. Garrett Jr., Robert Green and Vivonell Brown Jr., have joined the case . . .

Click here to read more about the teachers’ class-action suit against the Chicago Public Schools.