Community leaders, City Colleges of Chicago students, teachers and staff to meet with CCC’s Board Chairman

Community leaders and CCC students, teachers and staff will hold a press conference immediately preceding a City Colleges public hearing with Martin Cabrera, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of CCC, and officials from City Hall.

The press conference will be held Thursday, May 26, at 6:00 p.m., at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren.

On the agenda are the recent closed-door decisions to rename and recolor all seven city colleges, the unaccountable reapplication process of six college presidents, a plummet in enrollment across the district due to newly-centralized marketing and tight prohibitions of colleges from local advertising, and other disastrous measures toward centralization along with cuts in jobs and academic programs.

The grassroots organizers point to the dangerously reduced transparency of decision-making for the largest consolidated body of higher education in the state and claim that all of the above decisions had been made by administrators lacking in education experience and credentials and without good-faith consultations with employees, students or grassroots community representatives. They demanded a public hearing this Thursday, confirmed by the Mayor’s Office, to end the “illusion of inclusion” and begin a scheduled plan for genuine dialogue and shared governance in matters directly affecting their lives and the well-being of their communities.

For more information, contact Jessi Choe at 312 404-2463.