Aiming to hold strong on a promise to be as equally tough on privately
run charter schools as she is on neighborhood schools, the Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced Thursday that the district will recommend to the Board of Education that two charter high
schools be closed this year due to poor performance.
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.
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
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.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is teaming up with the U.S. Department of the Navy in the launch of a summer program that will provide intensive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to more than 1,000 students in Chicago Public Schools.
“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.
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.
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.