I've rounded up all the best coverage I could find and divided it into categories based on whatever issue or angle jumped out at me as most interesting -- the political angle, the logistics of what comes next, the new programs and colocations, What jumps out at you? What news stories did I miss or points are the media missing or getting wrong? What do you think of the coverage? *Other options include consolopalooza and closegate.
CPS School Closings Put Focus on Gang Territories in Neighborhoods DNAI: Ald. Walter Burnett: "I wouldn’t let my kid go to that other school" across gang lines.
CPS School Closings: What's Next for Parents, Teachers DNAI: Other schools will be open for student applications and some displaced teachers will continue to be paid.
Chicago Public Schools Proposes 54 Schools for Closure, Six for Turnaround Chicago Magazine: For the schools that have data going back to 2000 or 2001, the average drop in enrollment among the schools being closed is 47.4 percent.
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Chicago proposes closing 53 elementary schools, firing staff at another 6 WBEZ: CPS officials also said they plan to add 18 new programs to the receiving schools. On Thursday, CPS also announced 11 "co-locations"--an arrangement where two or more schools share the same building. Five of the schools do not even exist yet. Chicago is closing down some of its original "renaissance" new schools.
What the Past Says About the Future Chicago Magazine: The number of school closings trickling out today is unprecedented, but in the prior decade CPS closed a lot of schools. So there's precedent to bring to bear on what's to come.
Principals on School Closings: There’s Been no Planning. Just Slash and Burn Tribune: Berry said there has been little planning at schools that are expected to take in students whose buildings are shuttered. Principals have told her that nothing has been worked out to provide the libraries or air conditioning CPS has promised at all receiving schools.
CPS shakeup: 54 schools closing, 30,000 kids affected, 1,000 teachers losing jobs Sun Times: Chicago Public Schools on Thursday announced the largest school shakeup in the nation: closing 54 schools and 61 buildings, jostling 30,000 kids and giving pink slips to more than 1,000 teachers.
List of school programs to be closed Sun Times: On Thursday, Chicago Public announced that it will be closing 54 school programs and 61 school buildings.
CPS to close 61 buildings, affecting 30,000 kids Tribune: With Chicago Public Schools facing a financial meltdown, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration on Thursday targeted 61 school buildings for closing, unleashing a torrent of criticism from anxious parents, children and teachers as well as aldermen.
Chicago to close 54 schools to address $1B deficit The Associated Press: ... that prepares them to succeed in life, but for too long children in certain parts of Chicago have been cheated out of the resources they need to succeed because they are in underutilized, under-resourced schools," said district CEOBarbara Byrd-Bennett.
71 school actions in massive district shakeup Catalyst: In addition to the 54 shut-downs, 11 schools will co-locate with another school, eight of them with charter schools. Two severely underutilized high schools—Bowen and Corliss—will share their buildings next year with new Noble Street charter high schools. CPS officials said this will give people in the area two “good, strong” options in one building, but some community members and others are likely to worry that the charters will drain away more students from the neighborhood schools.
Chicago Moves to Close 11% of Elementary Schools in Fall WSJ: Thursday's decision is fraught with political danger for Mr. Emanuel. He already faces a burgeoning budget deficit, a much-publicized crime rate and tense relationships with the police union and the teachers union. Shutting down schools—no matter how low-performing—engenders anger, especially in minority communities, which will to bear the brunt of closures.
Rahm on Vacation as School Closing List Links DNAI: Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s spokesman Sarah Hamilton said the mayor takes a vacation with his family at this time every year and will be returning to Chicago on Friday.
Why Chicago’s Spineless City Council Just Can't Say No Chicago Magazine: Emanuel is “surrounded by people who tell him he’s got the best ideas in the world. . . . [There is] no one in his inner circle to say he’s wrong,” says Dick Simpson, a professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago and himself a former alderman.
Parents, teachers vow to fight Emanuel, Chicago Public Schools plan to close to 54 schools AP: Chicago is among several major U.S. cities, including Philadelphia, Washington and Detroit, to use mass school closures to reduce costs and offset declining enrollment. Detroit has closed more than 130 schools since 2005, including more than 40 in 2010 alone.
Could New York Be the Next Chicago? In These Times: “Teachers need to play the role in laying a platform for parents and students,” says Marissa Torres, MORE's candidate for assistant treasurer in next month's elections. Torres calls for the UFT, like the Chicago Teachers Union, to foreground explicit ...
54 Chicago Public Schools to Close WTTW: 54 Chicago Public Schools are on CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett's final closure list. We have reaction.
Barbara Byrd-Bennett WTTW: The CEO of Chicago Public Schools joins us to explain one of the largest school shutdowns in U.S. history.