CTU members protest proposed Chicago school closures

January 4, 2013 3:37:14 PM PST
A group of Chicago Teachers Union members are protesting what they claim are damaging and unfair school closure proposals by the Board of Education.

Union members were at CTA stations handing out fliers Thursday.

The schools slated for closure unfairly impact the African-American community, according to the CTU members who protested.

"CPS has an obligation to provide all families and children in every neighborhood with high-quality school options," a Chicago Public Schools spokesperson said. "The fact remains that the District has too many buildings with too few students and we have the responsibility to make decisions to right-size the District so that resources are utilized effectively and in the best interests of our students."

School officials said that more than 100 schools are half-empty because of under-enrollment and they are working to determine which schools to close.