Chicago Middle-School Students Berate Officials: ‘Don’t Close Our Schools!’
CHICAGO—“We’re counting on you!” said middle-schooler Marcos Reyes to the row of Chicago Public Schools officials seated in front of a packed auditorium.
Voice cracking, Reyes, dressed in his ROTC uniform, continued, “My parents have been here for seven years working hard for me so I can have a better future … and you guys can stand here and close my school. I don’t really think that is fair!”
The hundreds of students, parents and teachers in attendance jumped to their feet, clapping and cheering as the Madero Middle School student wiped tears from below his glasses.