18 schools whacked Sun Times
"We heard some very impassioned comments,'' board president Rufus
Williams said. "Change is hard. I understand that. ... But we've got to
get better and get better right now.''
For many of the students who attend school
on the Orr campus, Cannon said the school is like a second home. The
teachers are like family to them, and to lose them along with the
administrators who know the students so well could negatively impact
the school's culture.
Board of Education gets an earful on closings ChiTown Daily News
One person was escorted out of the chambers and many others had
the microphone turned off because they went beyond their allotted
two minutes -- not that the absence of a mic stopped them from
shouting emotionally. Many yelled; some cried.
But of the 19 schools originally named in the plan, only Abbott
Elementary in the Bridgeport neighborhood was spared. A hearing officer
recommended it stay open because it also houses a charter school and an
Easter Seals Head Start program, and the nearest alternative is too far
Teachers, staff out at 8 CPS schools ChiTown Daily News
Today's decisions did not arrive without controversy and heated
discussions, considering the large public turnout spilled over into
an overflow room and parents of Edison Regional Gifted Center
students created a picket line on Clark Street two hours before the
day-long meeting began.
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