Teachers Furious After Board Votes To Close, Overhaul Schools

CBS Chicago

The Chicago Teachers Union is slamming the School Board, after the board approved a plan to close even public schools next year and stage “turnarounds” for 10 others.

As CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, the board voted unanimously on the closures and phase-outs Wednesday.

The reaction was immediate. Parents and teachers at the board meeting expressed anger after the vote, crying, “Boo!” and chanting, “Shame on you!” at the board members.

“We are not surprised that an unelected, unaccountable school board would vote unanimously to continue to the same failed policies that have shortchanged Chicago Public Schools students for years,” said Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis. “We are, however, disappointed that these board members lack the moral courage to do the right thing.”


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