Summit Saturday, December 8, 2012, to build organizing across the city for public schools and against closings and privatization... Begins at 10:00 a.m.
The Chicago Teachers Union is joining with others sponsoring an "Education Summit" on Saturday December 8, 2012, from 10:00 a.m.â€“3:00 p.m. at Marshall High School, 3250 West Adams St. "Now that the Board of Education and Rahm Emanuel have gotten the Illinois Legislature to delay the announcement of school closings," Norine Guetkanst has written to many, "we know we have a fight on our hands.We should expect that CPS will close up to 150 schools and announce them by March 31, 2013."
The union has added: Join hundreds of parents, students and community members who want to help us FIGHT FOR OUR STUDENTS AND OUR SCHOOLS!
The event will have workshops: Sustainable School Transformation; Charter Schools: Myth vs. Reality; Student Organizing; Appropriate Student Assessment vs. Test Factories; Whose Schools? Our Schools! ; Fighting for an Elected School Board; Decision-making on the Ground Strengthening & Empowering LSCs; Educating the Whole Child â€” Wrap-around Services.
On December 7, 2012, the day before the event, the CTU sent out a media advisory:
Parents, Students and Educators Rally For Chicago Teachers Union Education Summit
CHICAGO-Hundreds of parents, students and education justice activists are expected to participate in the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) Education Summit Saturday, Dec. 8, at Marshall High School. The meeting will provide training to school leaders on how they can engage the broader community against increasing charter school initiatives and pending school closings by Chicago Public Schools (CPS). It is open to the public and members of the media.
"There are people throughout the city and the country who are supporting us in our efforts to give Chicago students the neighborhood schools and the education they deserve," said CTU President Karen Lewis, NBCT. "Saturday's summit is our opportunity to put hundreds of faces to that support and educate the public on the dire reality of CPS plans."
CHICAGO TEACHERS UNION EDUCATION SUMMIT, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2012, MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL, 3250 W. ADAMS ST., CHICAGO. 10 A.M. - 3 P.M.
The Education Summit is presented in collaboration with the following organizations: Action NOW, Albany Park Neighborhood Council, Chicago Teachers Solidarity Campaign, Grassroots Collaborative, KOCO, Chicago PEACE, Parents 4 Teachers, People for Community Recovery, Pilsen Alliance, PACE, SOUL, Stand Up Chicago, STOP and Teachers for Social Justice.
The Chicago Teachers Union represents 30,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in the Chicago Public Schools, and by extension, the more than 400,000 students and families they serve. The CTU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers and is the third largest teachers local in the United States and the largest local union in Illinois. For more information please visit CTU's website at www.ctunet.com .
IN COLLABORATION WITH: Action NOW â— Albany Park Neighborhood Council â— Chicago Teachers Solidarity Campaign â— Grassroots Collaborative â— KOCO â— Chicago PEACE â— Parents 4 Teachers â— People for Community Recovery â— Pilsen Alliance â— PACE â— SOUL â— Stand Up Chicago â— STOP â— Teachers for Social Justice