Thursday, August 20, 2015

End to the Hunger Strike to support the Dyett Global Leadership and Green Technology proposal

Supporters of the proposal for the Dyett Global Leadership and Green Technology High School went on a hunger strike for 34 days in order to draw attention to the lack of response to their proposal from CPS and the mayor.

You can read it about in the news:

On Thursday, September 3, CPS made the following announcement:
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today announced that a new open enrollment, arts-focused neighborhood high school and community innovation lab will open in Walter H. Dyett High School for the 2016-17 school year.

The hunger strike continued, however. You can read about the hunger strikers' reasons for continuing the strike here:

On Saturday, September 19, after 34 days, the hunger strikers ended their strike. 

From the Dyett Global Leadership and Green Technology Facebook page, they cite the following:

1. Dyett will re-open as an open enrollment neighborhood school
2. Dyett will not be privatized as a contract school
3. Demonstration that when the game is rigged, organized and passionate parents and grassroots groups can change the rules of school "reform."
Still Fighting For:
1. Community control through an LSC from day 1
2. Green Technology curriculum
3. Integration with neighborhood feeder schools to create sustainable community school village
4. Preservation of the legacy of Walter Dyett in the school's name

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