Chicago sees fresh marches against school closures
By Doug Cunningham
Teachers, parents and students in Chicago rallied and marched on Veterans Day against school closings and corporate welfare. The Chicago Teachers Union was joined by community activists and the “School Closings Ten” – activists arrested at City Hall for seeking a meeting with the mayor to ask for more resources for Chicago’s public school students. The action protested what CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey said is the stripping away of school resources to further line the pockets of fat cats. CTU says the coming school closings could displace thousands of low-income students and educators while the city contionues to reward politically connected fat cats with public dollars I nthe form of tax increment financing schemes to create privately managed, publicly funded charter schools.