Closing 20-129 Schools

20120404-_news-iconHi, all.  Welcome back.  Today's education news includes a few tidbits about the planning for the closings announcements and implementation, plus remnants of outrage over the book banning thing.  Magnet letters get sent this week -- but do they arrive?

CPS bringing in security backup for school closures WBEZ: On Monday, the district posted a Request for Proposals seeking contractors that could move school inventory, change door locks, transfer student records and hire movers for the closures. It asks applicants to list prices for 20, 40, 60, 80, 100 and 129 schools. The proposal indicates CPS plans to award a contract on April 3.

School closings to test CPS chief Chicago Tribune: When the Chicago Public Schools system releases a list of schools it plans to close, possibly as early as this week, it will be the biggest test yet of how far district chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett has come in her goal of gaining the community's trust ...

Look At This Monster Week in Chicago! Tim Furman: A busy week ahead..... I will be making appearances at as many of these things as I can get to.

'Disaster capitalism' at CPS Newstips: CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett promised to hold a respectful, meaningful community engagement process and to listen to what parents and community members say. But judging from the audio of a call with reporters released by WBEZ, Byrd-Bennett is ...


Rahm on Education Woes: 'We Have Parents That Can't Be Parents' DNAI: In New York, the mayor touted initiatives that give parents more investment in their kids’ education.

Kids having kids Tribune editorial: The posters were meant to be provocative, and they are. Mounted on bus shelters and subway walls in New York City, they feature doe-eyed children lamenting the perils of teenage parenthood. "Honestly Mom ... chances are he won't stay with you,"...
 Chicago Magazine: The CTU head talks about the outgoing school board member, as well as Rahm Emanuel, Arne Duncan, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Bruce Rauner, and more.


CPS denies it banned book Sun Times:  Chicago Public Schools is denying Friday that it banned a book — the graphic novel, Persepolis — from Lane Technical High School.

Is 'Persepolis' Too Much for 7th Grade CPS Students? Chicago Magazine: Marjane Satrapi's graphic-novel masterpiece is no longer appropriate for tweens in Chicago Public Schools. But how graphic is it?

CPS students were driving force in protest against book ban Chicago Tribune: By that point, CPS had issued a letter telling high school principals to disregard the earlier order to pull the book. The book would not be removed from libraries and will still be read by juniors and seniors, CPS Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd ...


2013: Annual Elementary Mailbox Watch cpsobsessed: It’s that time of year when parents around the city are on mailbox watch.  Thanks to all of us and for CPS for helping keep the USPS afloat! With luck, letters about Elementary Gifted and Classical schools, Academic Centers, and Magnet schools will be mailed this week of March 18th.


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  • If the stories are true that (1) a bunch of schools have their second floors empty and (2) the state doesn't have the money to allocate to the schools, then something has to close, if nothing else to save the heating bill.

    And even though any board appointed by either Daley or Emanuel consists of puppets, the last I heard Lewis was not elected to run both the union and the board.

  • In reply to jack:

    The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois General Assembly does not provide funds to individual CPS schools. It funds school districts through a number of grants and allocations, like General State Aid, and special education funding using various formulas.

    It is up to the Board's of Education of schools districts, all of which are elected except for Chicago's, to allocate these funds to its schools. The number of schools and the size of school intake areas are subject to the determination of the school districts.

    The cumulative reduction to Pre-K – 12 Education Appropriations in Illinois from Fiscal Year 2009 to 2013 is $861 million. The Governor is proposing an additional cut of around $275 million in k-12 funding for FY 14. I believe the cuts approved by the General Assembly will be less than the Governor's proposal.

    There is a considerable amount of information avaiable on potential cost savings based on school closings and potential teacher layoffs related to those closings. Some of this information can be found in the two reports of Commission on School Utilization and in articles appearing in Catalyst. In simple terms the savings are not massive per school closed and they disappear almost completely if the schools are mothballed. To take down a school could easily cost a million dollars or more.

    Rod Estvan

  • Dear Jack

    Drive along Federal Street from 35th to say 47th st.
    Most of the public housing projects formerly located there are gone.
    What you see is flat vacant property with an occasional almost
    vacant school the only structures in this bleak landscape.
    Unless you believe all this land will become a state park development
    will surely follow.Why not mothball these perfectly good buildings
    so down the line we will not have to build them again?

  • In reply to rbusch:

    I haven't heard anyone saying anything about mothballing, one way or the other.

    But if the strip of land is vacant, save the schools, there is no reason to keep them open at this time.

    And, of course, Emanuel talking about converting land in Englewood to agriculture may indicate that there isn't even the demand for redevelopment you think.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack Baby- Geography lesson time. The Federal/State St. corridor isn't Englewood. This area is served by the Red Line, Green Line, METRA, and the Dan Ryan. It is ALREADY being developed. Cruise down State St. near 35th you'll see IIT, a super modern L station, a new shopping strip, brand new condos and townhouses. People are moving into this area. It makes sense to keep these schools, that is unless you are a land developer, own a construction company, or operate a charter school that hands out contracts to your friends and family.

    Demand for land in Englewood is low, but the neighborhood Bob is talking about isn't Englewood.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    dear district299readerAnonymous#14653:

    I don't need a geography lesson from you. I'm just pointing out that probably the next chunk of city being turned into farmland probably will be at about 49th and Federal. Supposedly, most of Detroit is being given to the pharmers, too.

    So, unless you have proof that private developers are swarming all over CHA vacant land, my point stands. Apparently, Bob's does, too.

    Not to mention the schools in Derick Rose's neighborhood slated for closure. That's Englewood, isn't it #14653?

  • In reply to jack:

    Anonyjack- Geography lesson time again. Derrick Rose grew up near Murray Park at 73rd and Marshfield. That is West Englewood, not Englewood.

    Furthermore, the southern parts of West Englewood and Englewood where D Rose hails from are still somewhat dense. There is only one school (Altgeld) within a 1 mile radius of Murray Park slated to be closed.

    While the level of construction on former CHA land might not be to the degree you are accustomed to seeing developed on non-CHA land in your north side and suburbs, there is significant recent development at 35th and State, 40th and Federal, and 43rd and Federal.

    jack (if that is your real name)- Don't shun my lessons, you need them.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    But not at 48th and Federal, is there, #14653?

    Or 51st and Wabash? Or 54th and King?

    Since you are so persnickety, I want a block by block breakdown within 1/2 mile of each school on the chopping block.

    You can provide that, can't you Educator, who doesn't even know his or her own name?

  • In reply to jack:

    jagk- Once again, geography lesson time. Federal and 48th do not intersect. Strike three, you're out.

    It is apparent you, like many over-opinionated suburbanites and educrats, you know nothing of the southside. Admit it, you are ignorant about the parts of Chicago most often discussed here. This is the problem with folks like you and the know-it-alls at 125... they actually know very little, but it is impossible to convince them so. When I face with you facts, you get defensive. You'll never learn the truth if you are unwilling to face reality.

    School closings and the southside are much more complicated than you understand. You have to be willing to listen and learn, otherwise you are just spouting "truthy" ignorance.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Nope. At least I used to live on the south side.

    And, like I said, if you are so expert about it, give us a block by block description.

    Obviously you are not, or you wouldn't engage in random sniping.

    So, make it 48th and State, then. Or 4800 S. Wells. Then 4900 S. Wells. Then 5000 S. Wells.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    And if you have some technical quarrel with the 4800 block of S. Wells, make it the 4801 block.

    No wonder CPS students don't learn anything if that's your pedagogical method. Just avoid the issue.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Strike FOUR. Research and correct your most recent mistake. At this point I suggest you attend Saturday tutoring.

    Jagk, I cleaned your clock. I wish you could admit your ignorance and pledge to do better, but you insist that your "wrongs" are "right." You willingly wallow in truthyness. You "feel" you are right, so you MUST be right.

    By the way the south side of Winnetka doesn't qualify as the "South Side."

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  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    The cited article is directly relevant to the point I made a couple of days ago that private operators are subject to the NLRB, not state education labor law. Apparently the public sector union figured it did not have the votes.

  • More teachers are grouping kids by ability So much for differentiated learning, I guess #blameNCLB

  • "For some parents, Byrd-Bennett did not help her cause with comments last week that community meetings showed her that 'everybody got it, that we really needed to close schools'."

    Well played, Barbara!

  • Okay retire principal...what's your guess? When will the announcement be made and how many schools?

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