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Early childhood educators rally before Chicago Board of Education meeting

CHICAGO—Head Start Program Resource Assistants (PRAs) fired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Forrest Claypool will hold a protest today at 9 a.m. before speaking at the monthly Chicago Board of Education meeting. Last month, 38 aides, predominantly women of color servicing CPS pre-kindergarten parents and students in Head Start programs throughout the city, were dismissed by the mayor and his handpicked CPS CEO. The 38 experienced pre-school assistants will be replaced by just 12 new staff members.

“Head Start is federally funded, and its funding does not depend on state or city government, so these cuts make absolutely no sense,” CTU President Karen Lewis said. “Rahm and Forrest 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. 

WHO:

 

CTU members, partner union representatives, parents, students and defenders of early childhood education

WHAT:

 

Protest at Chicago Board of Education

WHEN:

 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

WHERE:

 

Chicago Board of Education, 42 W. Madison, Chicago

WHY:

 

Without warning and without reason, Mayor Emanuel and the CPS CEO terminated 38 CPS Head Start Resource Assistants (PRAs) on June 20. Head Start PRAs are 99 percent women of color who serve and support both parents and students in important Head Start programs throughout the city. Without them, children facing homelessness, hunger and poverty will not benefit from networks of resources developed by these workers throughout their careers.

Chicago Teachers Union