WBEZ | Kenwood Oakland Community Organization http://www.wbez.org/tags/kenwood-oakland-community-organization Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago activists speak out against school-closings at D.C. hearing http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-activists-speak-out-against-school-closings-dc-hearing-105168 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/photo1.jpg" style="height: 258px; width: 620px;" title="(Becky Vevea/WBEZ)" /></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F76688512" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Chicago isn&rsquo;t the only city looking to close a large number of its public schools&mdash;and it&rsquo;s not the only place people are upset.</p><p>A group of activists from Chicago boarded a bus to Washington, D.C. Sunday. They gathered at the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, which helped organize the trip.</p><p>Aquila Griffin is a junior at Dunbar Career Vocational Academy. As a freshman, she went to Dyett High School, which district officials decided to phase out last year &ndash; a process in which a school stops admitting new students but remains open until there are none left.</p><p>&ldquo;Freshman year, I didn&rsquo;t know anything about this stuff,&rdquo; Griffin said as she helped round up the group going to D.C. on Sunday.</p><p>&ldquo;I was just going to school and I was wondering, like, why do they have this and we don&rsquo;t?&rdquo; she says in reference to inequities she&rsquo;s seen as a student in Chicago Public Schools.</p><p>People with the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization and other activists are meeting up with people from 18 different cities to speak out against school closings.</p><p>People from some of the cities, including Chicago, have filed civil rights complaints with the U.S. Department of Education, charging that closing schools disproportionately impacts minority students.</p><p>&ldquo;Everywhere, it&rsquo;s the same stories that can be told over and over again,&rdquo; Griffin said. &ldquo;So it&rsquo;s not just in Chicago. It&rsquo;s not just in Witchita. It&rsquo;s in New Orleans. It&rsquo;s in L.A. It&rsquo;s in New York. It&rsquo;s in Newark. It&rsquo;s everywhere.&rdquo;</p><p>The coalition will bring its complaints to a hearing with national education officials on Tuesday.</p></p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-activists-speak-out-against-school-closings-dc-hearing-105168 The case for electing Chicago's school board http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/case-electing-chicagos-school-board <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/koco-campaigns.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>One of the things Chicago's next mayor will have on his or her plate is control over <a href="http://www.cps.edu/Pages/home.aspx" target="_blank">Chicago Public Schools</a>.</p><p>CPS is the country&rsquo;s third-largest school system. The mayor has the power to select the head &ndash; or CEO &ndash; of CPS and appoint members to the board that oversees the entire system. But a coalition of Chicago groups wants to change that arrangement. Jitu Brown is part of that group. He&rsquo;s with the <a href="http://www.kocoonline.org/" target="_blank">Kenwood Oakland Community Organization</a>.</p><p>When &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; spoke with Brown recently, he explained why he thinks it is time to for an elected board.</p></p> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 14:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/case-electing-chicagos-school-board