129 Chicago Public School at risk of closing; West Side parents vow to fight
The West Side took it on the chin Wednesday in the list of Chicago Public Schools at risk of closing — but residents who packed a CPS hearing vowed not to give up the fight.
“No schools closing,” “save our schools,” shouted folks from the Austin-North Lawndale network, where 16 elementary schools now must make the case they should not be closed in June, crowding the House of Prayer Church of God in Christ.
“Everywhere you go there are a lot of gangs and guns and violence, and now they want to send our kids into unfamiliar streets they don’t even know,” said Janice Thompson, who has twin six-year-olds at Crown Elementary School. “Keep Crown open.”