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Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools Director Keron Blair published a powerful op-ed in the Chicago Tribune this week, highlighting the ongoing struggle to win a sustainable community school in Chicago. In his op-ed, Keron offers a meaningful description of community schools and asks, "Are they worth dying for?" Keron suggests that the fight for Dyett is a call to action for all who care about education justice.
By Erin Kramer, One Pittsburgh
At Great Public Schools Pittsburgh we have worked hard over the last three years to elect education justice-minded candidates to the City School Board. The most important qualification was an understanding of the power of the School Board to own the governance of our schools as an extension of the voters who put them in office.
An Open and Urgent Letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel from Educators,
Researchers, Academics and Community Groups Nationwide
We are all supporters of the Dyett Global Leadership and Green Technology High School, and see both the proposal and the process as models for true investment in high quality public schools. We applaud the hunger strikers and the people that have come out to support them and we are heartened by your decision to re-open Dyett as an open-enrollment school.
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An inspiring group of Chicago parents, teachers and community members are well into their 2nd week of a hunger strike to fight the closure of Dyett High School, the last open-enrollment public high school in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood, and to transform it into a sustainable community school. On Tuesday, Aug. 25, hundreds of advocates across the country fasted in solidarity with the Chicago hunger strikers.
Out of Control: The Systemic Disenfranchisement of African American and Latino Communities Through School Takeovers