Comments on: On school closings, West Siders offer alternatives http://www.newstips.org/2013/04/on-school-closings-west-siders-offer-alternatives/ Chicago Community Stories Thu, 03 Apr 2014 01:18:42 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.12 By: Center Stage http://www.newstips.org/2013/04/on-school-closings-west-siders-offer-alternatives/comment-page-1/#comment-14291 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 13:42:02 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=7091#comment-14291 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/centerstage/2013/04/06/is-racism-behind-chicago-school-closings

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By: Center Stage http://www.newstips.org/2013/04/on-school-closings-west-siders-offer-alternatives/comment-page-1/#comment-14290 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 13:41:18 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=7091#comment-14290 “Is Racism Behind Chicago School Closings,” was the topic Friday night on internet radio show Center Stage, and a must hear podcast. The panel was made up of CTU’s political legs director Stacy Davis-Gates, head of the Black Caucus Brandon Johnson and Paul Robeson High School student 17 year old Brian Stirgus. What a powerful show this was. This was a panel that was NOT afraid to speak their minds as they all agreed that the root cause of these closing is “racism.”
I think the most eye opening part of the show was when 17 year old Stirgus told of the danger of crossing into unfamiliar gang zones, and the problem he has with getting the needed attention from teachers with classroom sizes of 30 or more students. Take a listen, as this debate was explored from all sides.

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By: Valerie F. Leonard http://www.newstips.org/2013/04/on-school-closings-west-siders-offer-alternatives/comment-page-1/#comment-14142 Sun, 07 Apr 2013 02:05:25 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=7091#comment-14142 Thanks for covering this very important topic, and for mentioning the Lawndale Alliance’s plan, Curtis. It’s unfortunate that the Emanuel Administration has a one-track mind on school closings and are not flexible enough to look at this as an opportunity to use schools as anchors for community activities and a source of stabilization.

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