2 UPDATES IN BRACKETS AND AT BOTTOM
Under the proposed CPS plan that -- supposedly -- no one (not the papers, not the Board) knew about until now:
Eight schools are going to be "turned around" (like Sherman): 3 small schools at Orr, Harper High School, plus Copernicus, Morton, Howe, and Fulton. The principal and the teachers change, the kids stay put. AUSL will oversee the Orr turnarounds plus Morton and Howe. CPS is going to oversee the Englewood three (Harper, Copernicus, and Fulton) with an in-house turnaround team run out of BEW's office.
[200 teachers, 7 principals directly affected, according to the Tribune.]
Six schools are going to be closed outright and immediately (Gladstone, Miles Davis, Johns, Abbot, Midway, DuPree), though not officially or solely for academic reasons.
Two schools are going to be phased out (Irving Middle, Andersen).
Two schools are going to be consolidated (Carver Middle, De La Cruz)
One school is going to be relocated (Edison). [Edison to new Albany Park building. Edison building given over to neighborhood overcrowding.]
Roughly 1500 kids are going to be affected, and hundreds of teachers as well, according to CPS [Sun Times says nearly 500]. Kids stay put at turnaround schools, while principals and teachers go back into the pool. Everyone leaves at schools that are being outright closed -- perhaps the most drastic move of the various options, even more so than turning a school around since it involves kids as well as teachers and admins. Principals lose jobs at schools that are going to be consolidated, but teachers get to move along with the kids.
Amazing to me that word only got out about two or three of these 19 affected schools, given how widely CPS was getting out the advance word -- to AIOs, principals, LSCs, and community leaders.
Parents and community leaders also spoke out against proposals to close
Abbott Elementary School in Bridgeport and Gladstone Elementary School
on the Near West Side and phase out Andersen Elementary School in East
Ukrainian Village. Officials have said that Andersen could eventually be turned into a magnet school patterned after LaSalle Language Academy. [OMG -- white parents at a Board meeting Video]
CPS to weigh school closures
Along with Edison, there were testimonials from parents speaking
for Abbott Elementary, 3630 S. Wells St.; Anderson Elementary, 1148
N. Honore St., and Gladstone Elementary, 1231 S. Damen Ave.
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