Chicago-based human rights advocates have sent a letter to the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights asking the international body to monitor Chicago’s school closings.The “letter of allegation” sent Tuesday evening to Geneva, Switzerland, asks U.N.
After announcing massive layoffs, the district wants Chicago teachers to be part of a statewide plan that includes greater employee contributions, salary caps for pensions, higher retirement ages and revised cost of living adjustments.
Chicago Public Schools is laying off a massive number of teachers and school staff. 2,113 employees will get pink slips—about half of them are teachers. Teacher aides, clerks, lunch staff, and security guards are also affected.
During her summer and winter breaks as a second grade teacher at the John Middleton Elementary School in Skokie, Shelley Nizynski Reese, travels to Ghana to use her teaching and sign language skills to educate orphans. For Global Activsm, we hear from Shelley and Skokie teacher, Jennifer Ciok from Oliver McCracken Middle School. Jen was so inspired by Shelley's work that shepartnered her group, Aiding Children Together (A.C.T.) with Shelley.