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Update: "Occupy" Movement Gets Active On K12 In Chicago

image from www.chicagonow.comUnhappy with proposed school closings and the creation of 12 more charters (among other things), protesters in Chicago shouted down schools head Jean-Claude Brizard and forced the Board of Education to retreat into private session for three hours -- during which speakers who'd signed up to address the board spoke to empty chairs.  The effort was coordinated in part with Occupy Chicago, the local version of the Occupy Wall Street movement that has addressed student lending and international trade but not really K12 education thus far. The protest might not change the Board's mind but it was a pretty vivid demonstration of community dissatisfaction and apparently -- this surprised me -- a first in nearly 20 years for Chicago. You'd have thought that opponents would have given the Daley-era school chiefs (Vallas, Duncan, and Huberman) the same kind of treatment but apparently not.  [Cross posted from D299]


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