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Whittier Elementary School

Community Cries Foul After CPS Bulldozes Beloved Fieldhouse

Posted 08.17.2013 | Chicago

Like a repeat of Meigs Field, constrution crews came to Whittier Elementary school on Chicago's South Side and under the cover of night to start demol...

It's Complicated, Kids

Matt Farmer | Posted 03.19.2012 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

Like any good parent, our mayor probably went home Monday night and checked to make sure that each of his three kids spent at least part of the day learning something new about Dr. King and his life's work.

Will Guzzardi

Whittier Parents Win This Round Over CPS, Long Term Still Unclear | Will Guzzardi | Posted 08.31.2011 | Chicago

Administrators at the Chicago Public Schools have, for the moment, conceded to a group of parents at Whittier Elementary in Chicago's Pilsen neighborh...

CPS Expected To Lay Off 1,000 Teachers This Week

Posted 08.27.2011 | Chicago

An estimated 1,000 teachers are expected to lose their job this week the Chicago Public School system struggles with a multi-million dollar budget def...

Will Guzzardi

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Police, Parents In Standoff Outside Whittier Elementary | Will Guzzardi | Posted 08.23.2011 | Chicago

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel was swept into office on a popular mandate, and he made it clear from inauguration day that he would be expending a great d...

Will Guzzardi

Whittier Parents Brace For Another Fight As CPS Gives Them Cold Shoulder | Will Guzzardi | Posted 08.21.2011 | Chicago

Last fall, a group of mothers in a largely Mexican neighborhood in Chicago made national headlines in their fight to save the fieldhouse at their chil...

After 43-Day Sit-In, Parents Get The Best Of CPS

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On Wednesday night, for the first time in 43 days, the front door of La Casita was locked. The lights were turned off; the building was empty. A sit-...

CPS Gives In To Whittier Parents

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Protesting parents at a Pilsen elementary school have reached a deal with the city after a month-long standoff. The group of mothers that has staged ...

CPS Promises Library To Protesting Parents, But Will They Follow Through?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman has proposed a deal to build a library at Whittier Dual Language Elementary School, and keep its fieldhouse fr...

How to Fit in at the Sit-In

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

The radical moms from Whittier Elementary School are now in the fifth week of their sit-in at the field house they call La Casita.

Huberman: "I'm Outta Here"

Mike Klonsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Klonsky

The Chicago schools CEO is running full speed towards the exit door. He's even nudging his boss Mayor Daley out of the way so he can be first out of Dodge.

Waiting for Library-Man

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

The Whittier moms aren't "Waiting for Superman." They're just fighting for basic things that the Chicago Public School system manages to provide to my daughter and her friends.

UPDATE: Aldermen Order CPS To Turn Heat Back On For Pilsen Sit-In

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago City Council is intervening in a long-running standoff between schools and parents at Pilsen's Whittier Elementary. An order unanimously ...

CPS Tries To Freeze Out Protesting Parents At Pilsen School

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A battle between parents and the Chicago Public Schools has taken a dramatic turn, as the district moves to literally freeze protesters out. At the b...

Emanuel Snubs Whittier Sit-In Protesters During 'Listening Tour'

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Last week, Afghanistan. This week, parents protesting the proposed demolition of a park field house. Former White House chief of staf...

Police Shoot 14-Year-Old Suspect Inside School

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago police officials say an officer responding to a burglary at a school shot a 14-year-old boy in the leg after the boy pointed a...