Crane Vs. Casals

Casals isn't the only school that has staunch defenders, and the new Chicago Journal includes a look at the debate over the proposed phase-out of the historic school:

Fight for Crane begins Chicago Journal: Chicago Public Schools officials announced on Nov. 30 that they want to close the Near West Side's Crane High School by phasing it out bit by bit. It's a decision that Gates, Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) and the Chicago Teachers ...

Crane closing a shame Chicago Journal: As Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard told us before he announced the changes, these kids only get one shot at an education. They can't go to Crane in 10, 15, or 20 years after it's had time to turn around.

Chicago Public Schools chief rolls out reform plan Journal: Many schools are facing staff cuts when AUSL’s model is to put two teachers in every classroom, she said, adding that CPS has been divesting in schools.


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  • event planning from CTU: The next action we have is a vigil at the Board of Education headquarters at 125 S. Clark St. on Tuesday, December 13th starting at 6:00 PM. This will lead to the monthly Board of Education meeting on December 14th. If you would like to speak at the meeting and advocate for public schools, please arrive by 6:00 AM. If you cannot stay all morning, please attend our informational picket starting at 6:00 AM.

    We need your help in making these actions as effective as possible. We will be phone banking for the vigil on Thursday, December 8th and Monday, December 12th. If you are available from 4-8:00 PM on either (or both) days, please email

  • Did I miss any reference to these here?

    Less than a fifth of schools that have replaced closed or turned around buildings are high performing. By: Linda Lutton (WBEZ-Chicago Public Radio) and Elliot Ramos (WBEZ-Chicago Public Media) Sarah Karp / December 7, 2011

    HOW CATALYST LIES... Catalyst school closing list is more fiction than fact, with oversimplifications, out of context claims, and simple mistakes... How do you spell anachronism? / George N. Schmidt - December 08, 2011

    Brizard Q&A at Catalyst

  • Has anyone heard of Terrance Little - he just became the new Principal for CICS - Larry Hawkins?

  • According to Google he was most recently principal at Wendell Phillips (post turnaround)

  • No one is talking about the part of the transition plan for Crane that states that the Crane's Achievement Academy students are going to be sent to Clemente. Clemente was already required to take Achievement Academy kids from Senn this year when the district decided to close Senn's AA. And now they will be required to take the AA kids from Crane too?

  • petition to save casals:

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