The proposal to close 54 schools
across the Chicago Public Schools system is unsafe and will destabilize communities already
hit hard by the economic depression, according to speakers at a
Congressional Forum hosted by U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush (D, IL-1) and Danny Davis (D, IL-7) over the weekend.
In the wake of the Chicago Public Schools plan to close 54 schools
across the district, U.S. Reps. Danny Davis (D, IL-7) and Bobby Rush
(D, IL-1) are hosting a Congressional Joint Forum on school closings
this Saturday, April 20.
The Graduate Employees Organization at the University of Illinois at
Chicago agreed to authorize a strike vote last night after the union
did not accept the university's final offer regarding a livable
wage and better access to healthcare for its members.
Residents of Chicago’s North Side neighborhoods of Ravenswood and
Uptown got their final opportunity Wednesday night to voice concerns over the
impending merger of two elementary schools.
"Is the power really with the people or is it with the administration," asked Tonya Hunter, a concerned citizen of Ravenswood, at yesterday's meeting. "Are we wasting our time? Is the train already in motion and running, because if it is, do we have any data that school closings benefit children overall?"
Parents and advocates in support of keeping West Pullman Elementary
open called out Chicago Public Schools officials at a public hearing
last night, asking if they've ever set foot in their school or its
“Have you been there,” asked Susan
Garza, a South Side resident and CPS counselor, after district
representatives presented their case to the hearing officer. "Have you
been to West Pullman? Because your portfolio is really impressive, but
you haven't been there.”
Chicago Public Schools plans to close 54 schools in June, but a new Chicago Teachers Union
study raises questions about whether the district has the capacity to
close that many in such a short time, given its issues with closing at
least one of four schools last year.
Once Englewood’s Simon
Guggenheim Elementary closed last year, only 37 percent of its
non-graduating students enrolled at the designated receiving school, Carrie Jacobs Bond Elementary, according to CTU’s “A Tale of Two Schools” study.
Also, CPS has yet to account for 23 former Guggenheim students, the study added.
lose any student, let alone that many ... it’s just dangerous, and it just
baffles me how CPS thinks that this is a good plan, when for the past
10 years or so, when these school closings started, they’ve never been
able to get it right, because it’s not right,” said Action Now Executive Director Katelyn Johnson.
Even still, the Chicago Public Schools wants to close it at the end of the
year, and that decision continues to puzzle some West Side community
members and parents who spoke out against the action before Emmet’s final community meeting last night.
have an administration with this corporate ideology of privatizing
education that uses our data to punish schools rather than use them as
tools to go ahead and improve our children’s education,” said Dwayne
Truss with the Austin Community Action Council. “And that’s wrong.”