Chicago teachers are joining with their local communities to develop new strategies to fight school closures in the town

Since their 10 day strike last September, the Chicago Teachers Union has been joining with parents to fight Chicago Public Schools plans to close scores of schools – the present plans would see 129 public schools closed. The schools are mostly in minority and low income areas – and meanwhile new private charter schools will be built.

Now the teachers and communities have taken part in training for civil disobedience, including occupations, disruptions and demonstrations as part of a civil disobedience campaign to fight the closures and the privatisation of Chicago schools. Next week they will demonstrate and march to City Hall and the Board of Education. To read more background go here.