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Over a Thousand Protest Renaissance 2010

Wednesday was a day of protests warning incoming CEO of Chicago Public Schools Ron Huberman of the resistance that lies ahead of him as he implements Mayor Daley's Renaissance 2010 Program.


From Jim Vail's piece on

They came, and they came fast and furious, and before one knew it, as many as a thousand children, teachers, parents and other concerned community members came out in mass to protest the Renaissance 2010 plan to close, turnaround, phase out, consolidate and otherwise turn the Chicago public school system upside down and inside out.


From Ben Strauss's piece on

"Hey, hey. Ho, ho," they chanted. "Mayor Daley's got to go."

The march came to rest in Daley Plaza, with demonstrators huddled at the foot of the larger than life cubist Picasso statue...organizers impressed upon those gathered that this wasn't the end, but merely one of many calls to action....


The event was so large that it even brought out the mainstream media:

NBC's coverage




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Lon / January 30, 2009 6:50 PM

Way to go people of chicago!

Mayor Daley has overstayed his welcome, this city is and has been on a downhill track in the past ten years. Too much cronyism, too much corruption, too much waste. Yet he has the audacity to suggest we need to close schools for lack of funding.

stand up people. Its black and white. He is bad for Chicago.

Anderson Leites / August 13, 2009 12:45 PM

Tip of the hat to the people of Chicago as well. It's really true that Mayor Daley has long since overstayed his welcome, and this is just another sign of that. In other words, las vegas golf vacations, golf vacation package, the city has just been spiraling downhill for years now.

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