Chicago group calls on alderman to oppose charters
- Hundreds of residents on Chicago's North Side attended a meeting of the Northside POWER group at the Willye White Field House to discuss issues such as charter schools before marching to 49th ward alderman Joe Moore's house to plant flags in his yard.
- The group is calling on Moore to oppose future charter school openings in the ward, but Moore, who was in Washington, D.C., attending the National League of Cities meeting, said it was unlikely he would ever entirely oppose future charter schools despite voting in support of a moratorium on charter school expansion for the 2014-15 school year.
- Moore said he wants residents in his ward at all income levels to be able to send their kids to a high-quality school and that charter schools could potentially allow that, but residents at the meeting said they felt that having competing schools would only serve to further segregate students.
From the article:
... "We've been talking to (Moore) all week," Sanford said. "He supports the moratorium, but he has the opportunity to make a commitment to us publicly. However, he has yet to make that commitment."
Because of Moore's absence at the meeting, hundreds of people, spanning blocks, marched to Moore's house several blocks away, planting 582 small, yellow flags in his yard. The number of flags represented the number of students currently enrolled at Stephen F Gale Elementary School who would have been affected had the Chicago Public Schools not recently taken Gale off its potential closure list. ...
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