Calling the city’s “system of school governance ... insular and ideological rather than educational,” Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis on Monday will release details of a study that examines the impact of school closings on a former and existing school community.
The study, according to a release from the CTU, “reveals how the district works systematically to set schools up for imminent failure.”
In addition to the report, Lewis will also announce a new citywide campaign designed to, as the union says, “change the political landscape” in the wake the city’s plan to close 54 schools in June.
Lewis will detail the study’s findings and announce the campaign at a Monday afternoon press conference at CTU headquarters in the Merchandise Mart.
Lewis says that instead of closing neighborhood schools, CPS must target resources to strengthen existing programs, add supports, remove inequities, provide schools with stable leadership and ensure teachers have what they need to educate and nurture their students, the release stated.
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