(From Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools (CSOSOS)
CHICAGO, IL – Less than a month after Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the unelected Board of Educationâ€™s decision to close 49 public elementary schools, Chicago Public Schools is implementing massive budget cuts affecting the remainder of public schools. Many schools are facing cuts that surpass $1 million with some schools facing cuts as high as $4 million. As a direct result of CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennettâ€™s budget, teachers are threatened with being laid off, which could create larger class sizes and critical support staff members such as counselors, nurses, office workers, etc. are facing job loss; supplies for books, academic equipment and maintenance may be slashed, reducing the quality of studentsâ€™ learning environments..
Arts, foreign-language classes and even recess are among the first programs being shed by principals trying to deal with budget cuts of 10 percent or more while Mayor Emanuel proposed using $55 million in public TIF money to fund construction of DePaul stadium.
â€œRather than pushing for progressive, comprehensive measures, CPS is putting schools on a collision course with failure. First Rahm and Barbara closed 49 public schools and now theyâ€™re trying to gut the remainder of existing schools by passing crippling budgets,â€ said Ross Floyd, sophomore at Jones College Prep High School. Â
Students from across the city will be marching to CPS headquarters to protest the budget cuts and the decimation of their future while CSOSOS will be inside of the Board of Education meeting. The students will stand in solidarity with a speaker, who is allowed a two-minute speech. Afterward, CSOSOS will begin a series of statements to bring attention to the issues facing young students.
â€œWe, the students, will show Barbara Byrd-Bennett that her budget is detrimental to our future and it will not stand. Rahm Emanuel will be a one term mayor and his unelected school board will be dissolved. We will take it upon ourselves to fight for the future of education in Chicago, as Rahm and Barbara have proven that they only care about rich, white people, not the communities of color or low-income neighborhoods,â€ said Israel Munoz, a recent graduate of Kelly High School.
8 am: CPS students from across the city will meet, then march from Daley Plaza and to CPS headquarters to join the Chicago Teachers Union picket outside Board of Education meeting
10:30 am: Inside Board of Education meeting, CPS students will peacefully demonstrate against the school closings and budget cuts, making their voices heard.
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For more information, contact Israel Munoz 773-603-4688