Chicago Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) visited the education activists who are on a hunger strike over the future of Dyett High School on Wednesday.
The school activists are in their tenth day of not eating. They are calling on the Chicago Public Schools to adopt a long-proposed, community-developed plan to convert Dyett into a district-run global leadership and green technology high school.
Ramirez-Rosa joined the hunger strikers in urging CPS to implement the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School's plan for the Dyett campus.
"[W]hile Chicago Public School bureaucrats sit in a newly remodeled office and make decisions to underfund our neighborhood schools, Bronzeville neighborhood parents and community leaders are on hunger strike fighting to open Dyett Global Leadership & Green Technology High School, the quality public school their children deserve," the alderman said in a statement. "This is true parent involvement. These are the heroes of Chicago, and when I was invited to support them I did not hesitate to stand by their side this morning. I call on Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his appointed Board of Education to listen to Bronzeville families and immediately approve the community-driven plan for Dyett High School."
Click through for more on the Dyett hunger strike. Progress Illinois' past coverage of the coalition's push for its global leadership and green technology plan for Dyett can be found here.