broad coalition of educators, parents and South Side community leaders
are urging Chicago Public Schools (CPS) officials and Mayor Rahm Emanuel
to reconsider closing Walter H. Dyett High School and instead keep it
open as a "Global Leadership and Green Technology" neighborhood high school.
2012, the Chicago Board of Education voted to phaseout Dyett on the
South Side due to poor academic performance. Dyett is expected to close
completely in 2015.
Those with the newly-formed "Coalition to Revitalize Dyett"
argue that closing the high school entirely would expand the "school desert" in Bronzeville, a historic African-American neighborhood.
The coalition's members want to see global leadership and green technology curriculum offered at Dyett, along with other programs involving agricultural sciences and cultural awareness. The proposed Global Leadership and Green Technology High School would be open to all students in the community.
CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and the mayor need to "do right by the families of this historic, proud community," stressed Jitu Brown with the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), one of the groups with the new coalition. Read more »