Jan. 9 - Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) holds Schools Summit
Jan. 9 Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) holds Schools Summit;
Rally at Malcolm X against school closings & to name union candidates
Last January, the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE Chicago Teachers) made history when over 500 parents, students, and activists turned out at Malcolm X College to protest Chicago’s "turnaround" policy of school closings, charter schools and privatization.
Shortly after the 2009 meeting, Chicago Public Schools gave a reprieve to 6 schools that were slated for closing.
Here's the story on last year's rally.
Here's Labor Beat's take on where things stood last year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1v-dSTOsbc
More CORE Success:
In a powerful recent victory, the two CORE candidates in the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund were the top vote getters. Jay Rehak and Lois Ashford of CORE are now seated on the pension fund board.
Now the bad news. CORE reports that over 70 CPS schools have been closed since 2004, and over 10 percent of all CPS students now attend charter schools. More closings are expected this year.
The evidence is mounting that school closings and turnarounds do not improve education for children. Educators are concerned that Duncan's massive privatization agenda is ineffective and that reproducting it on a nationwide scale will be destructive.
Any school with problems - or even without -could be next next on the chopping block, says Karen Lewis, candidate for CTU president, who chaired last year's Malcolm Summit.
"The only chance we have to stand up to the continued privatization of the Chicago Public Schools and continued political games with the future of our children is a united front. Join a committed group of teachers, parents, community activists, and students to provide an alternative to the destruction of our school communities."
Where: Malcolm X College (1900 W. Van Buren)
When: Saturday, January 9th (10 AM to 1 PM)
Refreshments and free child care will be provided.
Hope to see you at Malcolm X Saturday,
(arlene gloria hirsch)