Parents Plan Walk-In To Protest CPS Cuts

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Above Photo: A group of high school students and others protest CPS school closings. DNAinfo/Paul Biasco

NEAR WEST SIDE — Parents, students and teachers will stage walk-ins at two high-profile CPS schools Wednesday. 

From 7:15-7:45 a.m. Feb. 17, community members will stage a walk-in at Whitney Young Magnet High School, 211 S. Laflin St., and from 7:30-7:45 a.m. Wednesday at Andrew Jackson Language Academy, 1340 W. Harrison St. 

The walk-ins, two of dozens of walk-ins the Chicago Teachers Union is organizing, aim to protest the latest $120 million in CPS budget cuts, fight for a fair teacher contract and call on CPS officials to find longterm funding solutions. 

The rallies will build support and show Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools leaders that the school communities will work together to protect schools, said Kate Goetz, a Whitney Young parent and member of Parents for Teachers, a grassroots organization that supports CPS teachers and the Chicago Teachers Union. 

The action will show that “parents and teacher are on the same team and can and do work together,” Goetz said Thursday. 

Andrew Jackson parents, teachers and students should meet at the corner of Congress Parkway and Throop Street and Whitney Young supporters should meet at at Jackson Boulevard and Laflin Street, according to flyers. 

The groups will rally outside of the schools before walking into the school buildings together. 

Whitney Young parents with questions should contact Kate Goetz at kgardnergoetz@hotmail.com. 

The walk-ins are part of the American Federation of Teachers’ National Day of Action.