50 Schools Closed

50 Schools Closed

Closings, all closings, all the time.  Lots of stories about the coverage and what happens next. Who covered it best? What will happen next? Did the Board take enough schools off the list? 

CPS makes history, closing scores of schools in less time than it takes to boil an egg Sun Times:  The board secretary read out the numbers assigned to each resolution and asked for the vote. But onlookers didn’t even get that, as the board president resorted to parliamentary maneuver to speed the process along.

Closing 50 schools: Both sides claim moral high ground in Chicago school closings debate WBEZ: By the time Clark got to the Ps, her time at the microphone was up. CPS officials cut the sound. Clark sat down on the floor. And security guards picked her up and moved her out as she continued with her litany.

50 school closings approved at raucous board meeting Catalyst: Now that CPS board members have approved the closing of 50 elementary schools, 11 co-locations and five turnarounds, the district is about to undertake a massive effort to get displaced students to enroll in a new school before May 31.

CPS OKs massive closings Tribune: Months of argument and anguish over Mayor Rahm Emanuel's push for sweeping school closings came to a climax Wednesday as his hand-picked Board of Education voted to shut 49 elementary schools and transfer thousands of children to new classroom settings.

School closings disappoint many aldermen Tribune: After the Chicago School Board meeting Wednesday, many of the aldermen who argued unsuccessfully to keep schools in their wards open said they were disappointed with the process. Ald. Deborah Graham, 29th, said she went to testify at the school board...

Pickets, chanting begin long before vote on school closings Sun Times: Chanting “No school closings!” protesters made a last-ditch effort Wednesday morning to keep the Chicago Board of Education from shuttering what’s believed to be the largest number of schools in one place at one time in the country.

When Chicago public schools close, we just gotta chuckle White Rhino: With 40-60% of minority children dropping out of school in the City of Chicago, I stand by Major Rahm Emanuel and the closing of 50 public schools. The closings will greatly reduce these statistics. No kids in schools equals no kids dropping out ...

Web Extra: Today's Vote on School Closures in Photos WTTW: Check out photos of the emotional scenes inside and outside today's Chicago School Board vote on school closings.

School Closings Analysis WTTW: Now that the School Board has voted to close 50 schools, what happens next? We have analysis.

After the school closing vote CMW: With the school board voting to close 50 neighborhood schools — to nobody’s surprise — the movement that sprang up in opposition moves to a new phase.

Karen Lewis: Mayoral control is out of control WLS: Outside the packed school board chamber, CTU President Karen Lewis said a reprieve for a handful of schools is “a good start,” but still not enough. She thinks the city needs a different mayor. 

'Rubber Stamp' on School Closings? No Way, Board Member Says DNAI: Former NU President Henry Bienen insisted, "I've never talked to the mayor" on school closings.

Here's One Parent's Story About the Closing of Her Neighborhood CPS School Chicago Magazine: Trumbull Elementary was closed by a unanimous vote of the school board today, despite parents' claims that the school is not underutilized—if special-education students are considered.

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  • did the NYT do any better than local outlets at covering what happened?

    Despite Protests, Chicago to Close 49 Schools - NYTimes.com http://ow.ly/lk6us

  • Closing Schools Without Discussion Won't Fix Chicago's System - Noah Berlatsky - The Atlantic http://ow.ly/lk6SZ

  • meantime... Chicago School Employee Pushes Student Down Stairs at Dunbar | NBC Chicago http://ow.ly/ll1yZ @chipubschools

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    That was an ugly video clip. From my teaching experience when a security guard at a high school gets that physical with a student they are usually very stressed out over losing control of students. Its not a good sign, it means security staff is struggling to keep things under control.

    I saw similar things when I taught at Calumet H.S., but there were no phones with video back then to capture the stuff. While we had security staff who had problems we also had students who were way out of control in the halls. Dunbar is cracking and is a shadow of its past.

    In 2012 the school only had 11.3% of its juniors reading at state standards, back in 1999 it has about 46% of its students reading at standards. In 1999, Dunbar still had a handful of students from families above the poverty line, 19.6% to be exact. By 2012 the school had only 4.5% of its students from above the poverty line.

    Dunbar looks a lot like Calumet did when I taught there and nothing like Dunbar used to look like. When we used to go with Calumet sports teams to Dunbar we used to be in awe of how relatively disciplined their kids were and some of us were envious of the teachers at Dunbar.

    Rod Estvan

  • Losers In Chicago School Closings Target Elected Officials : NPR http://ow.ly/ll1Jk @chipubschools @ctulocal1

  • The process has been completely one-sided,” she said. “The so-called community feedback meetings were a joke. It was all just theatre.” For example, at one community feedback meeting conducted by CPS officials, Burke says she asked the Ravenswood-Ridge network chief Craig Benes to take questions from parents—and he refused. A week later, Benes visited Trumbull on report card pick-up day. Saying he only had one hour to meet with teachers and parents, Benes promised to answer questions after a presentation. According to Burke, he fielded one question, in which he admitted that LSC members at Chappell Elementary (one of three schools designated to receive Trumbull students) were instructed not to talk to Trumbull parents.

    On another occasion, Benes attended a Trumbull forum, ostensibly to answer questions from concerned parents and teachers, but again the format imposed on the proceedings was needlessly obstructionist, Burke said. “We all had to write our questions down on yellow sticky notes, and they took all the sticky notes to Benes and—I kid you not—he answered only the ones he wanted to answer. They just sidestep anything that’s controversial.”

    Mr. Benes should be fired. If we do not vote for a new mayor-we deserve him!

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