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CHICAGO, IL – Emmett Elementary School parents, staff, teachers, students and community members will defiantly demonstrate to save their school at the Board of Education community hearing on Monday, April 15. Chicago Public Schools has proposed that Emmett Elementary be closed and the students be funneled to Ellington Elementary School despite parent, teacher, staff and community outcry.

“We will stand up to the Board of Education and tell them their data is inaccurate and biased: Emmett can only be considered under-utilized because CPS has denied us funding for more teachers and classrooms; Emmett doesn’t have air-conditioning because CPS has denied us money for it,” said Tammie Vinson, an Emmett teacher.

“CPS has coordinated years-long, well-organized attacks on Chicago’s children’s future,” said Lettrice Jamison, Local School Council president.

The parents, teachers, staff, students, and community members will present accurate information about how Emettt has outperformed other schools, despite limitations inflicted by CPS funding. The group will then demonstrate against the hearing and the Board of Education.

Emmett students have already received reassignment slips to Ellington and other schools.

“These hearings are kangaroo hearings. They’re for show and mean nothing. CPS isn’t listening to us, they haven’t listened to us about air conditioning and more teachers, why would they listen to us about keeping Emmett open?” said Vinson.

The schedule is as follows:

5 p.m.: Press Conference

7:30 p.m.: Presentation to Board of Education representatives at community hearing, Austin High School 231 N. Pine, Chicago

7:40p.m.: Demonstration at Board of Education community hearing Austin High School 231 N. Pine, Chicago

For more information, contact Tammie Vinson, 708-299-9248. Greg Goodman, 248-770-2760.

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