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September 14, 2012

Jackson on Chicago’s schools: Gap is ‘bigger than Little Rock in 1957’

As Chicago’s teachers picketed for the fifth day, the contract talks wound to a slow and drawn-out conclusion.

But despite a reported framework of an agreement, Rev. Jesse Jackson has raised the issue of inequity in Chicago’s school system, saying in an interview on Friday that “the gap between the best-funded schools and the rest is a gap bigger than Little Rock in 1957.”

“You know teaching at Payton High and teaching at Harbor High are different.  Teaching at Lawndale and Roseland are different than teaching in Lincoln Park,” Jackson said referring to CPS "magnet" and North Side schools versus those in the city's impoverished neighborhoods.

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