Chicago saw another tumultuous episode in the city's battle over public education on Wednesday, with a sadly familiar script. As many expected, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's handpicked, un-elected school board voted unanimously to close four predominantly Black high schools, despite the impassioned pleas and organizing of students and local residents. Four of the schools -- Hope, Harper, Team Englewood and Robeson -- are the last remaining neighborhood schools in the community of Englewood, a neighborhood Chicago officials have long failed on a number of levels. National Teachers Academy elementary school (NTA) also faces closure, despite significant community protest. Read more.
Several African-American candidates for an opening on the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees are challenging the board's decision to put David Vela in the seat to replace Sydney Kamlager-Dove, who is leaving for a seat in the state Assembly. Read more.