The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is set to announce Thursday that some 50 schools will be closed at the end of this school year. If this is accurate, it would be the largest number of schools in the nation to be closed at one time, the newspaper reports.
CPS has notified several aldermen to prepare for school closures in their wards, according to the Sun-Times.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, students and other
advocates for educational justice blasted high-stakes student testing at
a community forum last night, calling it yet another battle in the war
on public education.
Proponents of standardized testing say it
helps to close the achievement gap, but Lewis said the objective is “to
rank and sort.”
“What do these tests do?” Lewis asked the crowd at
Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. “They answer one simple thing.
Who are the winners and the losers ... but who made the rules to the
“The winners are telling the losers these tests will tell
you what you really know. These tests will tell you the value that a
teacher adds to your child. These winners are telling the losers that if
you don’t do well on these tests, you have no future.”
More than 2 million low-income individuals in Illinois rely on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
for food aid, but the program could face a big setback under U.S. House
Budget Committee Chairman U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R, WI-1) proposed budget released last week.
Ryan’s plan aims to block grant the flexible SNAP program, which has about 47 million participants.
the plan, the federal government would give pots of cash to states to
run the program, leaving them to customize it to their recipients’ needs
and determine eligibility requirements.
SNAP suffers from a flawed structure,” the budget plan says. “States
receive more money if they enroll more people in the program — so their
incentive is to get people onto the rolls. They have little incentive to
help people get off the rolls and find work. In fact, these programs
make it harder to become independent.”
That’s not the right approach, said Beverly Henry, associate professor of nutrition and dietetics at Northern Illinois University’s College of Health and Human Sciences.
A group of education activists boarded a bus to Springfield this morning to campaign for a moratorium on school closings in Chicago Public Schools (CPS).
shortly after 6:30 a.m., the group of approximately 30 CPS staff
members, students and supporters plan on attending a 1 p.m. Senate
Education Committee hearing at the Illinois Statehouse. Organized by the
Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) the group aimed to petition for lawmakers’ support and testify on behalf of SB 1571, legislation that would place a two-year moratorium on school closings.
they instill policies and close schools they should listen to the
people who actually do the job,” said Dorothy Clabaugh, a librarian at Alexander Graham Elementary School in Canaryville, which is one of 129 schools that is facing a potential school action.
Although the 47th ward appears to be safe from potential school
closings at the end of the academic year, Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th ward) and
other education panelists at a North Side forum last night said all
Chicago communities would feel the impact of shuttered neighborhood
It’s likely some schools in the 47th Ward, and
others, would take in students from nearby schools that Chicago Public
Schools decides to close, the alderman said.
one nearby public school, Trumbull, on CPS’ potential 129-school closing
list. About 30 percent of students at the elementary school near
Ashland and Foster avenues have special needs, he said.
think some of the schools in the area will absorb those students, and
we’re OK with that,” Pawar said. “I just think what makes this a little
frustrating is we’re not moving cattle around. These are children, and
whether they’re special ed or not, how we count them matters.”
Hundreds of Lane Tech College Prep students staged a sit-in this morning inside the school in response to Chicago Public Schools’ controversial announcement last week that it would remove the graphic novel “Persepolis” from its seventh grade curriculum.
Progress Illinois went to the school as classes began this morning but was told by one of the school’s assistant principals that members of the media were not allowed to attend the sit-in within the school or speak with faculty or students on school property about the protest, or other events, citing CPS’ communications policy.
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The CTU will host a rally and
march in downtown Chicago on March 27, just a few days before Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett is set to meet her March 31
deadline to announce the final list of school actions.
Preparing for the worst, CTU is educating parents and activists on the proper practices of non-violent protests. Police arrested
10 protesters in November for rallying against school closings outside
City Hall. They were charged with violating a Chicago trespassing
“It’s the willingness to engage in radical acts that
are challenging the core of what’s going on,” said Lisa Fithian, a
political activist and scholar, who, for decades, has worked as a
community organizer on a range of issues. “We need to create conditions
that allow for the transformation for us to be more liberated.”