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Chicago: Hunger Strike for Dyett High School Ends After 34 Days

HeadlineSep 21, 2015

In Chicago, a dozen public school parents, grandmothers and education activists have ended a hunger strike over the fate of Dyett High School, after 34 days. Under Chicago mayor and former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, the city has closed about 50 schools in predominantly African-American and Latino neighborhoods. Earlier this month, under pressure from the hunger strikers, officials announced plans to reopen Dyett High School as an arts-focused, open-enrollment school. But the hunger strikers had called for it to become a global leadership and green technology school. They ended their fast Saturday amid concerns over the hunger strikers’ health.

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