Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel cut the ribbon Thursday on a new high school in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, but the gleaming new facility contrasts sharply with the budget picture for the rest of the city’s neighborhood high schools.
Maxine Gladney has seen violence hit her schools, her community and her own family. As a janitor at a Chicago Public School, she worries that closing schools will make that violence even worse, leaving children without a safe haven.
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.