by Caitlin Emma in Politico Morning Ed | via email
27 August 2015 :: HUNGER STRIKE STRETCHES ON: A hunger strike to save a shuttered Chicago high school is now in its 11th day. The strike, backed by teachers unions and the traditional public school advocacy group, Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, is also targeting Mayor Rahm Emanuel's education policies. On Wednesday, one of the strikers collapsed after testifying before the Chicago Board of Education, the Chicago Tribune reports. The protesters would like to see the closed school, Dyett High, transformed into a science-focused school. Irene Robinson, a grandmother who had nine children attend Dyett, was hospitalized Monday after giving up solid foods. But she was back to protesting on Wednesday. 'I will stand here and I will fight ... until the last breath I have,' she said. More: http://trib.in/1K4opy7.
smf: For fans of long form journalism, I give you:
Annals of Education August 31, 2015 Issue of The New Yorker
THE LIFE & DEATH OF JAMAICA HIGH SCHOOL: What’s really at stake when a school closes?
By Jelani Cobb | The New Yorker | http://nyr.kr/1hifmwk