Nearly two months after a contentious labor battle between Chicago teachers and the city, the Chicago Teachers Union is striking yet another blow in a report that calls the city’s school system one of “educational apartheid,” the Huffington Post reports. The report, which was prepared by five researchers working for the union, aims to highlight the shortcomings of the city’s efforts to close neighborhood schools and replace them with privately-run charter schools. It contends education reform efforts have fostered racial segregation and hindered academic gains.
“When it comes to matters of race and education in Chicago, the attack on public schools is endemic,” CTU President Karen Lewis said in a release. “Chicago is the most segregated city in the country, and our students of color are routinely deemed as second-class by a system that does nothing but present one failed policy after the next.”