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‘Rally To End Education Apartheid’ at Robert Emmet School on West Side

Fri, May 25, 2012

The Local School Council of Robert Emmet Elementary School and PACE hosted both a press conference and rally on Friday, March 16 at 5500 W. Madison St. about the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) disinvestment in Robert Emmet School.

Emmet is need of both capital and human investment. The students are served lunch in the hallway and eat their lunches in the same section of the building used for physical education and assembly, officials said. The playground is marked with dangerous potholes. The field house is decaying and is a danger to both the students and parents. CPS also cut the schools’ librarian before the current school year.

Robert Emmet School is a neighborhood school whose 2011 composite ISAT meet or exceed is 73.8 percent. Emmet’s student body is 99 percent African-American and low income. Emmet improve its ISAT scores by 37 percent from 2009 and is no longer on probation.

While Emmet outperformed all Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) Turnaround elementary schools, it is ignored, officials said. But AUSL schools are seeing CPS investment of $7 million over five years.

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