AUSL Takes Over New High School In Gage Park

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A concerned teacher writes in about the new Eric Solorio Academy High School on 54th/St. Louis: "The school was named orginally Ignacio Zaragoza and set to be a CPS neighborhood school. They hired a principal, Jorge Macias. The sometime in June we find out he had been fired In addition, AUSL took over and the name changed to Eric Solorio. According to the Board of Ed reports they did additional "community outreach" and decided to change the name. As a community member and speaking to many teachers who teach at local schools in the area, no one was asked about the name change. Zaragoza was decided on by the students of Irene C. Hernandez. The community is also not informed on what AUSL is and what there mission is. We feel there is a lot that is being left out."

What happened to Macias?  How did AUSL get control of a new school and building at the last minute?  Others will know more, but the name change was approved by the Board in July (0-0728-MS1) and the consulting agreement with AUSL was approved at the end of last month (PDF) as a performance school. Substance explains that Solario was a police officer killed in the line of duty.  Here's the PBC page describing the construction history.

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  • Good. That man should not be running a school again or training other principals.

  • interesting to note that AUSL applied for but didn't get a federal innovation grant to develop its high school turnaround model -- this according to sarah garland at the hechinger report

  • Now that Zaragosa is "charter" the SPH program is up in the air. Yet another sign that exceptional children are left out. And when children fail / flounder its always the teachers fault...

  • Do you know what AUSL means to faulty and staff at turnaround schools? All u should leave!

  • the official opening of the school is tomorrow, according to this CPS press release:

    City, School, Police and Community to Join in Dedication
    Of New Eric Solorio Academy High School

    WHO: Mayor Richard M. Daley
    Chicago Board of Education President Mary Richardson-Lowry
    Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Ron Huberman
    Chicago Public Building Commission Executive Director Erin Lavin Cabonargi
    Alderman Edward M. Burke (14th Ward)
    Chicago Police Department Supt. Jody Weis
    Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Executive Director Phil Cline
    Eric Solorio Academy High School Staff and Students
    Family Members of Eric Solorio

    WHAT: Dedication and naming of Eric Solorio Academy High School

    WHEN: Wednesday, September 1, 2010, at 10 a.m.

    WHERE: Eric Solorio Academy High School
    5400 S. St. Louis Ave.

    Top city, CPS and police officials will join in dedicating the new Eric Solorio Academy High School in a ceremony that will honor a Chicago police officer who was killed in the line of duty several years ago. Members of Eric Solorio

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