Carrying signs and chanting about the need to save neighborhood schools, hundreds gathered at Armitage Baptist Church Monday night for a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) meeting to discuss potential school closings on the Northwest side.
representatives from CPS listened to testimonies from concerned parties at the Logan Square
church during the meeting with local
representatives, parents and teachers who pleaded their schools’ cases.
neighborhood is full of kids, and those parents are going to send their
kids to our neighborhood schools — you’re here for a community hearing,
so listen to us,” said Seth Lavin, a six-year resident of Logan Square
who wishes to send his two-year-old son to Lorenz Brentano Math & Science Academy. Lavin’s wife serves on Brentano’s local school council.
renewed a call for banning military-style assault weapons, spoke in
support of marriage equality legislation, moving voter registration
online, and urged a 20 percent increase in the hourly minimum wage, to
Quinn also boasted of workers’ compensation reform,
clean water and infrastructure improvements, a Medicaid overhaul,
veteran employment initiatives and Illinois becoming the fifth state in
the Union to legalize driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.
As a part of the “Pencils Down” campaign against high-stakes testing in schools, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU)
released a position report yesterday afternoon discussing the history and
advancement of the standardized testing movement, aiming to
provide evidence against its effectiveness.
The report, titled “Debunking the Myths of Standardized Testing,”
attempts to expose shortcomings in the high-stakes testing model. The
CTU claims standardized testing contributes to a growing achievement
gap, takes up valuable instruction time and negatively impacts student
“Overreliance on standardized tests has led to
reduced graduation rates among students of color, narrowed the
curriculum in all subjects and grade levels and ill prepared our
students for fulfilling the careers and civic engagement,” the report
reads. “The reforms of the accountability era are harmful policies that
lead to neither short-term successes nor long-term prosperity for
The Springfield School Board approved roughly $6.6 million in budget reductions Monday, including the closure of Capital College Preparatory Academy, a middle school in its third year and one of the district's top-performing schools.