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ACTION: City Council Must Oppose Charter Expansion

Today, February 13th, Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza filed a resolution sponsored by 19th Ward Alderman Matt O’Shea, 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell, 20th Ward Alderman Willie Cochran, and 22nd Ward Alderman Ricardo Muñoz. The resolution expresses the plea of 33 aldermen to “establish a moratorium on charter school expansion for the 2014–2015 school year allowing CPS, parents and community members time to fully understand the impact of pending school closures. Furthermore, the Board should adopt a policy that prohibits any charter expansion when neighborhood schools are being closed.”

Instead of the resolution being assigned to the Child Development and Education Committee it was assigned to the Rules Committee. According to the Chicago Sun-Times:

“When the resolution was introduced into the record, mayoral allies made certain it was referred to the Rules Committee, the traditional burial ground for legislation the administration doesn’t like. Dowell questioned the committee assignment. She argued that the Education Committee was more appropriate. Ald. Danny Solís (25th), an Emanuel ally, countered that the Rules Committee would provide an opportunity for more aldermen to weigh in on the controversy.”

What’s left to weigh in on? The citizens of Chicago have spoken: they want their neighborhood schools fully resourced and they want an end to the experimental charter movement in Chicago.

Brothers and Sisters, our next duty is to demand that the Rules Committee release the resolution and allow for a hearing in the Child Development and Education Committee.

We need your help to ensure every member of the Rules Committee understands the importance of this resolution. You must contact these aldermen immediately and ensure the following actions:

  1. Demand that they release the resolution from the Rules Committee.
  2. Demand that Child Development and Education Committee Chair Alderman Latasha Thomas schedule a hearing of the Child Development and Education Committee immediately.
  3. Demand that the members of the committee vote the resolution out of the education committee so it can be passed by the entire city council.

Use the email form below to encourage members of the City Council Rules Committee to RELEASE the resolution from their committee. Please personalize the e-mail text. After filling in your personal information and hitting the "Submit" button, your e-mail will be sent to all members of the Rules Committee.