Support the Head Start 38
by ctu communications | 06/27/2017
Without warning and without reason, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool terminated 38 CPS Head Start Resource Assistants on June 20. Head Start Parent Resource Assistants are 99 percent women of color who serve and support both parents and students in important Head Start programs throughout the city. Without these community workers, children facing homelessness, hunger and poverty will not benefit from networks of resources developed by these workers over more than a dozen years each.
These layoffs aren’t even the result of the Rahm/Rauner budget cuts. Head Start is a federally funded program whose dollars do not depend on state or city government. Rahm and Claypool have simply decided to throw away a wealth of resources in a vicious attack on Black and Brown CPS workers and the families they serve.
The Head Start 38 and supporters came together at CTU headquarters June 23 to strategize.