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by Ashlee Rezin
Thu Feb 21, 2013

CPS School Actions Transform Student, Teacher Populations, Report Finds

A recent report from the University of Chicago revealed that after intervention in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), despite rising test scores, the student body and staff saw considerable changes in demographics, prompting the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) to further question the CPS model for education reform.

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by Steven Ross Johnson
Tue Feb 19, 2013

Parents, Community Plead To Keep Schools In Ravenswood-Ridge Network Open (VIDEO)

It was an atmosphere reminiscent of a basketball game, with a cheering crowd packing the bleachers of a gymnasium donning the purple and gold colors of their favorite school.

But the rallying cry that came from those who attended Saturday’s Chicago Public Schools’ public hearing had nothing to do with rooting for their team to win, but rather it was a plea to officials to not shut down any one of the four schools still being considered for closure within the Ravenswood-Ridge Elementary Network.

Close to 200 concerned parents, teachers and community members attended the meeting held at Truman College on the city’s North Side. It was the latest in a series of discussions CPS officials are conducting with residents from various communities that have schools on the chopping block.

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by Ashlee Rezin
Fri Feb 15, 2013

Parents Celebrate Gale Elementary Being Taken Off Closure List, But Remain Concerned About Charters

In the wake of a recently released list of potential school closings, parents and teachers celebrated a victory at a Gale Elementary town hall meeting last night.

Based on recommendations from the Commission on School Utilization, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett released a list, Wednesday, of 129 schools that may be on the chopping block for the next wave of school closures. Gale Elementary was not on the list.

“This is a happy day for our children,” said William Swain, a teacher at Gale for more than 10 years and a 25-year resident of Rogers Park.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Feb 15, 2013

Students, Parents Rally To Save Lake Calumet Schools On CPS' Potential Closure List (VIDEO)

“Some Valentine’s Day,” read the sign Angela Coleman, a Chicago Teachers Union delegate for George Washington Carver Primary School, held as she pleaded that her school not be shut down at last night’s Chicago Public Schools community hearing for the Lake Calumet Network.

Coleman and hundreds of other far South Side residents representing the 10 schools that remain on CPS’ latest list of possible school closures, which was released Wednesday, filled the bleachers of Olive Harvey College in attempts to save their schools.

Minutes before the meeting started, the feisty crowd, some holding signs reading “What would Ira Aldridge say?” (referring to the namesake of one of the schools) chanted in unison, “Take us off the list,” while stomping in the bleachers.