Saturday, January 24, 2009

Begging for better schools in Chicago

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

More than a dozen Chicago public school students testified Thursday that a 28-year-old desegregation consent decree has failed them. They begged for more diversity, more and better books, and better teachers in those schools CPS says it has been unable to desegregate -- all of which the 1980 decree was supposed to address.A parade of students from Social Justice High School in Little Village opened the first day of a hearing at which students and parents, for the first time, were invited to testify about whether CPS has lived up to the decree. U.S. District Judge Charles Kocoras did most of the questioning -- and even threw in some advice and compliments...Read the rest here.

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