Category: Education

Chicago Public School closings point up the dangers of geography

Chicago Public School closings point up the dangers of geography
Lametrios West has made a point to separate himself from the trouble around him. Despite heavy rain and steady cracks of lightning, the 14-year-old Kershaw Elementary School student made his way on a recent afternoon to the nearby Teamwork Englewood, a community organization whose after-school programs draw boys and girls from the surrounding area. Here, he holes up to “get out of the neighborhood.” Staying out of trouble means closing himself off from the outside world. “It’s hard but I can do it,” he says. “By staying in the house, going to school, coming here. The only areas where I go is where I know people.”...

In some Chicago neighborhoods, incarceration costs twice as high as education spending

(Click through the map to see just how much was spent on incarceration vs. education in communities impacted by school closures.)...

Taxpayers have spent more money incarcerating people than educating them in areas impacted by school closings

No other school district in the country has attempted to do what Chicago Public Schools is planning to do this fall: close more than one in 10 school buildings, the vast majority of them in African-American communities. “With CPS losing enrollment, officials insist that the closings are needed to ‘right-size’ the district, to save money... Read more »
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Former and current CPS students speak on why they are against school closings

A line of Chicago police officers on horseback patrol Daley Plaza during a rally to protest school
closings led by the Chicago Teachers Union on March 27. Photo by Jonathan Gibby
Worry. Anger. Uncertainty. Those were some of the feelings that current and former Chicago Public Schools students and parents expressed about the district’s plans to close more than 50 schools. We caught up with three of them at this week’s rally against school closings to hear their thoughts. Photo by Jonathan Gibby Benjamin Chacon is... Read more »

Evictions begin for Chateau residents

Evictions begin for Chateau residents
Elizabeth Hartline received her court summons last week that told her she was being evicted from her unit at the Chateau Hotel in East Lakeview. She’s been looking for a new place to live since the end of January, when she found out that the building would be vacated, gutted and rehabbed. But she hasn’t... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Protest of Salvation Army feeding restriction, last school-closing meeting and a look at restaurant workers' plight

What's Up This Week: Protest of Salvation Army feeding restriction, last school-closing meeting and a look at restaurant workers' plight
Food Center Uprooted. The Uptown Salvation Army has one month to find a new home where it can continue to feed low-income Chicagoans, after Alderman James Cappleman told the charity it could no longer serve from his ward, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The move has angered some residents, who will protest outside his office on Wednesday. Final School Closing... Read more »
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The Barber Shop Show: Schools closing around the shop

The Barber Shop Show: Schools closing around the shop
With 129 Chicago Public schools on the potential closings list, many are wondering if their local school is going to be shut down. Chicago’s South and West sides  are bearing the brunt of the school closure list. And in North Lawndale, in the few miles around the home of The Barber Shop Show, Carter’s Barbershop,... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Replacing Jesse Jackson Jr.; dwindling SROs and school closings

Decisions, decisions. Gov. Pat Quinn is to decide on the schedule for the special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned citing health reasons. Several seasoned politicians have already expressed an interest in the post. School Closings. The state legislature will debate Tuesday whether to extend the deadline for Chicago Public Schools... Read more »

Try, try, try again: Rep. Ford won't give up on sending lottery funds back where they came from

Try, try, try again: Rep. Ford won't give up on sending lottery funds back where they came from
We’ve all heard the saying: If at first you don’t succeed try, try again. Rep. LaShawn K. Ford has tried again and again and again and again and again. Ford has been pushing to divert more lottery funds to cash-strapped Chicago schools. He introduced his first bill in 2008, the second came in 2009, followed... Read more »
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Better Odds: Money for lottery tickets could be better spent on education

Better Odds: Money for lottery tickets could be better spent on education
While watching the drama of the Chicago teachers’ strike unfold, it was clear the key underlying issue was money. In addition to raises and job security, teachers complained about growing class sizes, the physical conditions of schools and the need for specialized services to better assist struggling students. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools... Read more »