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This video marks the end of one chapter in the fight of Chicago's working class communities to stop the closings and turn-arounds of 17 public schools. But it also marks the beginning of a new chapter: the campaign for an elected school board to end the current system of an appointed school board. Here are scenes from the final week of teachers union and school communities mobilization before the final decision (a decision already made long ago in secret) of the Chicago Public Schools Board about the fates of targeted schools.

We cover scenes from the big and spirited rally in front of Lakeview High School on the Northside, just blocks from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's house, to where everybody
then marched. There are also scenes from the Piccolo School occupation. And the notorious school board meeting, at which the non-elected board of the 1% dropped the ax on 17 schools, soundly confirming deepening convictions that the so-called public hearings on whether to close or turnaround the schools constituted a sham and a fraud.

George Schmidt, of, provides some useful commentary on what this all means now, and the video concludes with images from the joint Operation PUSH/Chicago Teachers Union resolve to now move forward with a broad campaign for an elected school board. We see in this video the continuing and growing movement against educational apartheid in Chicago, a movement now evolving in its understanding of what needs to be done.

Speakers include: Jitu Brown, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization; Rosie Hudson, school parent; Larry Davis, President, Youth Rep, Local School Council; Jose Candelario, Parent, Member of Local School Council; Dr.l Carmen Palmer, Retired Educator, Chicago Public Schools; Ryan Jackson, Parent, Tilden High School; Rico Gutstein, Teachers for Social Justice; Trenton Perry, Tilden High School Alumnus; Pat Bell, Retired School Crossing Guard.

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Chicago Schools in Upheaval
Outrage continues in Chicago over the proposed cuts and closings to public schools, many in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods, but Mayor Emanuel says the protests are just noise. The Reverend Jesse Jackson joins Ed to discuss it.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach. -Aristotle

    by Hyde Park Johnny on Sun Mar 11, 2012 at 08:29:08 AM PDT

  •  Good diary (2+ / 0-)
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    Grabber by the Heel, Funkygal

    Rahm, the little prick, is just picking up where Duncan left off.
    Where is Duncan now? Why, he is in the Obama administration.
    what is he doing?
    I think he is the head of Education.


    by snoopydawg on Sun Mar 11, 2012 at 09:00:53 AM PDT

    •  Team Obama is a classic example of "failing (0+ / 0-)

      upwards" - a bunch of loser welfare kings - Turbo tax Timmy, Summers, General Betrayus, Leon "Iraq did 9/11" Panetta etc etc. Summers is supposedly headed for World Bank. Arne Duncan is the ultimate reflection of Obama's mentality. What an oxymoron - Arne Dunkin Duncan , Sec of Education .

      "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

      by Funkygal on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 03:21:44 AM PDT

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  •  Fight this swindle Chicago! (1+ / 0-)
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    The corporatist Dems like Rahm and Duncan are a far more potent enemy of public education than the publicans. wall st. has its greedy eyes on the $600+billion in tax dollars and the DLC/3rd Way Dems are determined to get it for them.

    Stay in the streets and pack the kangaroo corporate school board meetings with honest concerned parents. And let those of us who support you in other parts of the country know how to help. Chicago is shaping up as ground zero in the theft of Americas public schools by wall st. crooks and their bag boys, like Rahm and Duncan.

    You won't get any help from the Obama administration, but you are not alone. Thanks for fighting back.

    Great diary, thanks Hyde Park Johnny.  

  •  Where were you when Daley started the turnarounds? (0+ / 0-)

    Back in 2004?

    If Obama doesn't deserve credit for getting Bin Laden because he didn't pull the trigger, Bin Laden doesn't deserve the blame for 9-11 because he didn't fly the planes.

    by Bush Bites on Sun Mar 11, 2012 at 11:29:54 AM PDT

    •  Fuck Generations of the Daleys. (2+ / 0-)
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      slatsg, Funkygal

      Chicago Democrats have some really bad history to live down. But none of them seem to want to start. The corporate hostel  takeover of American schools needs to be stopped. Obama, Rahm, Duncan have to be opposed. It doesn't matter if they are Democrats or not. They are wrong and we need to fight them just as hard as the publican privatizers.

      I don't care who is trying to destroy American public schools. I'm not a publican and I don't switch sides on issues just because some Democratic President happens to push a bad  idea cooked up by the pubs. NAFTA was a rotten idea when Bush the 1st sprang it on us, and just as bad when Clinton got it passed with a majority of publican votes. As was de-regging wall st. and shit canning Glass/Steagall. Beware the corporate Dem.

      School privatization is a rotten, bad, no good idea no matter who the fuck is doing it.

      Tried to warn you Chicago. Rahm is a Union busting corporate bag boy and you are going to be sorrier still before he is done with you.


    •  ur a troll (1+ / 0-)
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      Grabber by the Heel

      I was fighting as a teacher inside of a school. Google my name. Where the fuck were you troll?

      Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach. -Aristotle

      by Hyde Park Johnny on Sun Mar 11, 2012 at 02:10:15 PM PDT

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