Another protest planned against CPS school closures

Another protest planned against CPS school closures

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Another protest of the Chicago Public School closings is planned for Tuesday in advance of Wednesday's school board vote on school closings.

Social workers, counselors and child health professionals are scheduled to speak out on the negative impact of school closings on students' health at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Roosevelt University.

Parents, students and community leaders from other cities will also make their voices heard in protest, calling the closures a "national hoax." They have come from Detroit, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

Tuesday morning reports said that five schools of 54 slated for closing may be spared.

Police gave 25 citations and multiple arrests were made Monday at City Hall during a demonstration by the Chicago Teachers Union and some of its supporters.

The protesters were blocking the elevators, and FOX 32 was there as they were led away in handcuffs. The sit-in was part of a three day march organized by labor unions to block the elementary school closings.

Petitions for a moratorium were also delivered to the office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Those who signed are asking for a one-year hold on the closures.

Chicago Public School officials made a new round of promises about the safety of students who will be forced to transfer next fall.

Some of those students will be on turf claimed by street gangs. A new CPS plan promises security officers if they begin to walk their new routes to the welcoming schools.

A new digital video camera surveillance system are also part of the new plan, as well as dozens of people, including police, who will monitor four "safe passage" routes.

CPS says it will hire people "who have significant knowledge of the dynamics of the community."

They are promising other supports, including peace circles, peer-to-peer juries, and interventions for students who need individualized attention.

The plan isn't sitting well with some parents.

Parents near the former Cabrini Green housing development said the gangs are still active and kids will be in danger.

"It's not a smart move," one CPS parent said. "When they can control the gangs and the violence, then maybe…"

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