Neighborhoods: Chi Arts To Humboldt Park

Neighborhoods: Chi Arts To Humboldt Park

image from scholasticadministrator.typepad.comLet's talk about the relocation of Chi Arts for a minute.  Catalyst (A good fit for Humboldt Park?) and the Sun Times (Controversy raised over relocation of city's only public arts school) have both covered the issue, which tracks the storylines so familiar to us (new vs. old, rich vs. not so rich, downtown vs. neighborhoods). I'm curious about some of the claims and counter-claims, though: Is the student body as diverse as promised? Was the process of picking a new location site truly secretive or reasonably open? Is there a petty turf issue or a jobs issue hidden underneath somewhere? It would be great to hear from folks who are directly involved in the issue -- at Chi Arts or Lafayette as parents or teachers or community leaders.  

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  • CLEARLY non of you get it - IT'S ALL ABOUT THE CHILDREN!!! NOT POLITICS - NOT RACIAL STATUS - NOT NEIGHBORHOODS - NOT CPS - NOT THE PARENTS - THE CHILDREN OF CHIARTS - KIDS WHO DEPEND ON ADULTS TO MAKE THE BEST DECISION FOR THEM - NOTHING ELSE MATTERS!!!

  • CPS will probably put ChiArts in Wells, eventually taking over permanently. The new Chicago Quest charter school to be located in the Soujourner Truth school around North and Clybourn will draw from the Wells HS attendance area. Wells attendance had been dropping anyway, the addition of another charter school (which is quaranteeing spots to neighborhood kids)will probably hurt it even more,so...Wells closes due to low enrollment and ChiArts takes over. The East Village/Wicker Park neighborhhod has been gentrified for awhile. 10+ years ago (during the housing bubble)young professionals bought cheap condos and/or rehabbed aging homes in the area. Now they've got kids and/or are stuck with a hige mortage and a overvalued property. Having a magnet school like CHiArts in the neighborhood is a big draw for prospective home buyers, especially in this crappy market.

  • Forgot the most important point-what happens to the kids who used to go to Wells and didn't get into ChiArts or Quest?

  • The student, parents nor staff of ChiArts makes the decision or pick the location on where to house ChiArts. Neither does one parent speak for the school as a whole. BUT the school deserves know where they will be going by the end of this school year. They also deserve not to be flopping around the city each year or every two years. As a parent this is getting a bit disturbing and nerve wrecking for me. At the beginning we were promised a temporary building for two years (thanks to Pershing Elementary school for having us), then we would have a permanent building. CPS keep trying to house two schools together but it keep becoming overwhelming for all involved. We are not trying to disrupt any current school nor community. All location given to ChiArts was given by CPS. Please stress all your concerns with CPS Board not each other. Please Stop being vocal toward the students (ChiArts, Wells, Doolittle community) and the schools as a whole. This is bigger then us. ChiArts just want and deserve a permanent home.

  • In reply to scooterbug:

    Everyone that has a voice on here please share them at the next CPS board meeting.

  • Dear Scooterbug,

    Amen

  • Mr. Russo,
    The diversity of the student body is listed on the web-site,www.chiarts.org, the goal of the school is stated to be representative of the entire CPS student body, and I don't know what that is - so you decide if we meet the goal.

    As far as turf wars, hiddent agendas etc.. I invite you to the next, as of yet unannounced, meeting, when the CPS board representatives tell us of their plans for the school for next year.

    Last spring we were told (actually "promised") by CPS that their announcement would be made before December 1, 2011. We'll see.

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