Parents overtake Lafayette School, de...

Parents overtake Lafayette School, demand reversal of #CPSclosings

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Dallas, TX

#1 Jun 19, 2013
For Immediate Release

Lafayette Parents, Students Overtake Lafayette Elementary School Classroom
to Halt School Closure on Last Day of Classes
Community calls on President Obama to overturn Mayor Emanuel’s School Closings

Chicago 6/19 2:45PM -- Nine Lafayette Elementary parents and students have just peacefully occupied a school classroom, at 2714 W. Augusta Blvd., to demand Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his handpicked Chicago Board of Education reverse the school’s closing.

“Closing Lafayette will kill our neighborhood and our families,” says Rousemary Vega, who is occupying a classroom at Lafayette Elementary.“We demand that this school stay open. We demand to keep our music programs, and our special ed program. We’re not leaving until this school is saved.”

The Humboldt Park neighborhood school serves Pre-K to eighth grade students. Lafayette School focuses on fine arts and music education, boasting an award-winning string orchestra in partnership with Merit School of Music, bilingual classrooms, and an autism cluster site. The school is home to 442 students in 2012, 97.7% from low-income homes. Emanuel and the Board of Education voted to close the school as one of 50 public school closures citing “underutilization,” population decline, and astronomical building maintenance costs. Those claims have been refuted by individual CPS auditors, the media, parents, and community members, who have all been ignored by Emanuel and the unelected Board of Education.

“We are at Lafayette Elementary to support the students and parents who are fighting to keep this school open,” says Denise Bisley, a parent from the Von Humbolt school.“Shame on Mayor Emanuel, and the Chicago Board of Education. This is a national problem. President Obama told us change was coming, and his buddy Mayor Emanuel has changed the city - closing our clinics, our schools, and wrecking our children’s futures.”

CPS and Emanuel propose Lafayette students be displaced to Chopin Elementary, seven blocks away, where the future of the Merit School of Music program is uncertain, as is the program for autistic children. Emanuel and the Board of Education have faced severe public backlash and outcry against the school closures.

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church of whats happening

Nashua, NH

#2 Jun 22, 2013
these morons should take control of the streets of the city get the drug dealers off the streets out of the hood, reclaim city hall get people who care about the city in charge of the city.

Break the strangle hold of democrats and unions over the city,

Cause face it folks what you got now just isn't working and never will until there is a real change in city hall thinking, attitudes, focus.

But this is what you morons voted for in the past 30 elections so you got what you voted for.

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