We, as educators, students, parents, and people who care about the education and lives of the children of Chicago, cannot accept these budgetary cuts and closures and stand idly by while the board mortgages our children's education.
We have the following demands of the mayor, Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and the Chicago Board of Education:
1. Immediately restore all proposed cuts to schools, and convene a committee of vocal parents from active and critical parent organizations, student organizations, and CPS educators from our bargaining organizations to rework the entire budget of CPS with a focus on student needs, not privatization and graft.
2. Cancel all contracts around the school closings, and impose a one-year moratorium while empowering the Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force to develop a facilities plan in conjunction with communities that will provide all students with equitable learning environments in an efficient manner.
3. Work with parents, students, and educators to develop an interim structure for a board of education that is accountable to student needs. Cooperate with the state Legislature to form a committee to explore repealing mayoral control of CPS with the purpose of developing passable legislation to create a legal structure to restore community democratic control of the schools.
Once you have complied with these demands, we will all wholeheartedly thank you for finally doing what is right for the children of the city of Chicago.