Saturday, February 28, 2009

CORE Chronicles: Chicago Teacher Protest Proposed School Closures
February 19th, 2009
Protect Public Education this Wednesday, February 25th

Take the day off on February 25th or come after work to 125 S. Clark to protest the proposed school closings, consolidations, turn-arounds and phase-outs.

If your school wants a bus, CORE made sure you will get reimbursed by the union. Hold the CTU accountable and call Sandy Shultz at 312.329.6226 for information on the buses.

Also, CORE pushed to ensure that there will be a phone banking session from 4pm to 8pm at CTU headquarters (4th floor of the Merchandise Mart) this upcoming Monday and Tuesday, the 23rd and 24th of February. Come out and let’s use our union’s resources to actually support and mobilize members.

Twenty Two schools are targeted and your school could be next. The probation list and underutilized school list are a mile long, we cannot let the Board unilateraly close our schools and replace them with unproven and unaccountable charter, turnaround and contract schools.
Help restore democracy and fairness to the educational system in Chicago.
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Come to the next city-wide CORE meeting

WHEN: Wednesday March 4th, 4:15pm

WHERE: The United Electrical Workers Hall, 37 S. Ashland


Stop Renaissance 2010

Check out CORE member Al Ramirez’s new video on the protests against Ren 2010 this past Wednesday, January 28th.

Also view Labor Beat’s coverage of the January 28th protest. CORE and the Grassroots Education Movement helped organize the event, we are calling for a moratorium on Renaissance 2010.

Labor Beat’s coverage of January 28th protest

December 21st, 2008
Teachers demand turnaround moratorium (via Chi-Town Daily News)

Groups representing teachers and parents of Chicago Public Schools students appeared yesterday at a Board of Education meeting to protest the district's approach to turning around troubled schools.

December 21st, 2008
Charter schools Obama praised ripped at board meeting (via Chicago Sun-Times

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A parade of teachers, parents and students complained Wednesday about the new breed of Chicago schools President-elect Barack Obama touted the day before when he tapped Chicago’s school chief to be his U.S. secretary of education.

Read more: Charter schools Obama praised ripped at board meeting.

December 18th, 2008
Obama’s Betrayal of Public Education? Arne Duncan and the Corporate Model of Schooling (via

Since the 1980s, but particularly under the Bush administration, certain elements of the religious right, corporate culture and Republican right wing have argued that free public education represents either a massive fraud or a contemptuous failure. Far from a genuine call for reform, these attacks largely stem from an attempt to transform schools from a public investment to a private good, answerable not to the demands and values of a democratic society but to the imperatives of the marketplace.

October 23rd, 2008
Next Meeting Wednesday, October 29th

Check out Core’s next meeting on Wednesday October 29th

Where: 1805 S. Loomis at the Rudy Lozano Library in the auditorium

When: 4:00pm

We always meet the Wednesday before the monthly union meetings at the same time and the same place.

October 8th, 2008
Renaissance 2010 Strikes Again

Renaissance 2010 Strikes Again from jackson potter on Vimeo.

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