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LIST: Chicago Public School, program closures

Overview of all Chicago Public School proposed school and program closures:

Close Altgeld into Wentworth @ Altgeld (new STEM program at Altgeld)

Close Armstrong and May into Leland @ May (new STEM program at Leland)

Phase out Attucks over 2 years, close into Beethoven Fall 2015

Close Banneker into Mays @ Banneker

Close Bethune into Gregory

Close Bontemps into Nicholson (new STEM program at Nicholson)

Close Calhoun into Cather

Close Canter into Harte and Ray

Close De Duprey and Von Humboldt into De Diego (new IB programme at De Diego)

Close Delano into Melody @ Delano

Close Dumas into Wadsworth @ Dumas (new STEM program at Wadsworth)

Close Emmet into Ellington and DePriest (new STEM programs at Ellington and DePriest)

Close Ericson into Sumner (new STEM program at Sumner)

Close Fermi into South Shore Fine Arts

Close Garfield Park into Faraday

Close Garvey into Mount Vernon

Close Goldblatt into Hefferan (new STEM program at Hefferan)

Close Goodlow into Earle @ Goodlow (new STEM program at Earle)

Close Henson into C. Hughes

Close Herbert into Dett @ Herbert

Close M. Jackson into Fort Dearborn

Close Key into Ellington (new STEM program at Ellington)

Close Overton into Mollison (new IB programme at Mollison)

Close Owens into Gompers (new STEM program at Gompers)

Close King into Jensen

Close Paderewski into Cardenas and Castellanos

Close Kohn into Cullen, Lavizzo, and L. Hughes (new STEM program in L. Hughes)

Close Lafayette into Chopin

Close Lawrence into Burnham @ Lawrence

Close Manierre into Jenner (new IB programme at Jenner)

Close Marconi into Tilton (new STEM program at Tilton)

Close Mayo into Wells @ Mayo (new IB programme at Wells)

Close Morgan into Ryder

Close Parkman into Sherwood

Close Peabody into Otis

Close Pershing West into Pershing East @ Pershing West

Close Pope into Johnson

Close Ross into Dulles

Close Ryerson into Ward @ Ryerson (new STEM program at Ward)

Close Sexton into Fiske @ Sexton (new IB programme at Fiske)

Close Songhai into Curtis

Close Stewart into Brennemann

Close Near North and Buckingham into Montefiore

Mason moves from K-11 to K-8*
*program closure only

Close Stockton into Courtenay @ Stockton

Close Trumbull into Chappell, McPherson, and McCutcheon

Close West Pullman into Haley (new Fine and Performing Arts program at Haley)

Close Williams ES and Williams MS into Drake @ Williams; co-locate with Urban Prep

Close Woods into Bass

Close Yale into Harvard

Overview of all proposed co-locations

Richard T. Crane Medical Prep HS with Chicago Talent Development HS and Richard T. Crane Technical Prep HS

Noble-Comer with Revere ES

New Noble HS with Bowen HS

Montessori Charter of Englewood with O’Toole

Kwame Nkrumah Charter with Gresham

New KIPP with Hope HS

Disney II expansion with Marshall Middle

Belmont Cragin K-8 with Northwest Middle (Belmont Cragin preK program remains in current location)

New Noble HS with Corliss HS

Dodge with Morton

Drake with Urban Prep Academy for Young Men – Bronzeville

Overview of all turnarounds

Barton

Chalmers

Dewey

O’Keefe

Carter

Lewis

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101 Comments to “LIST: Chicago Public School, program closures”

    Fock u wgn said:
    March 21, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    How will kids pass if they can't attend class? This is a massive problem!

    Fock u wgn said:
    March 21, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    How will they kids learn to play a bass, or a brass instrument? What about learning how glass is made or how to grow greener grass? Let's hope all their education doesn't come from Sunday mass!

      318mopar said:
      March 22, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      ssa

    Shalonda said:
    March 21, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Wow…..this is the beginning of a nightmare

      Coach T said:
      March 22, 2013 at 2:21 AM

      First tear down most of the CHA builds and leave family’s displaced next close down 61 schools and affected the Family’s plus kids. There’s not even an immediate plan 2 fix this issue. Meantime In Chicago 2012 homicides at 531 and is already close 2 100 in not ove 100 for the year. Creating problems with little 2 no solution is the plan that’s constantly affecting the inner City of Chicago in the wrost way.

      Coach T said:
      March 22, 2013 at 2:25 AM

      Chicago? More like Chighanistan aka Chiraq SMH

      Guest said:
      March 22, 2013 at 7:54 AM

      this is the beginning of fixing CPS and the greedy teachers that DEMANDED a 16% raise. did you know that there are quite a few elementary school teachers making over $100,000/year PLUS another $35,000 in benefits…medical care for life, pension for life etc. The taxpayers can't afford it anymore.

    SJM said:
    March 21, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    It's sad, but it's a necessary measure. There are too few students to justify the dillution of attendants because of so many schools with enrollments of 200 to 300 students. The administrative costs of maintaining so many buildings, and the redundancy of resources requires that many schools be closed.

    It is a necessary measure. No doubt.

    Joymar said:
    March 21, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    I don't understand the reasoning behind all this. I keep hearing these are schools performing below level. Okay, I'll buy this but rather than punish the students by taking away neighborhood schools, let's get rid of the teachers who are performing below level and not bringing the children up to expected levels. Get rid of tenure and begin demanding more of teachers! Teachers also should be paid based on performance and not what the unions say.

      A.Teacher said:
      March 21, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      Quit blaming teachers!!! That's like blaming the dentist when a kid comes into his/her office with a mouth full of cavities!!!

        TFleming said:
        March 22, 2013 at 4:52 AM

        Amen!

        mother of student said:
        March 22, 2013 at 7:06 AM

        I understand your comparison but there are teachers in CPS who are protected by the Union who should not be working in the classroom…Teachers should follow the same standards as everyone evaluations and self evaluations should be done and if they lack skills they shouldgo back to school…I am a parent with a child in CPS but will be applying to Charter Schools for options due to the fact that just because you are union teacher doesnt mean you are by all means equipped to still teach !!! The closing need to be done, w

        TEACHthe truth said:
        March 22, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        We are evaluated in ways that are so invasive it affects the students'' ability to even concentrate on the lesson at hand. Before you speak about it, you would do well to know about it rather than accept media-washed versions of the "truth" about teachers. The union does not protect us in the way you think. We are currently working for a portion of our day without pay under the longer contract. By the way, we do follow the same standards, which the CPS board changes on a regular basis. And you go ahead and think corporate-owned charter schools are an answer. You will soon find that they are businesses, and your child is a number. As far as teachers lacking skills, in order to be certified, we have to pass a state-sanctioned test and it is the same for teacher from New Trier to Lane Tech all the way down to Harper or Philips, and you can't be a CPS teacher without a degree, so "going back to school" is not the issue. There are some bad teachers, no getting around that, just as EVERY profession has it's slackers, which is why there is a such thing as medical malpractice, for example, but to blame teachers in the face of such an obvious absence of parental involvement and any real support from the board, when you should be worried about a board that will tell you on the one hand it is closing schools that are "underused" but deny your child access to the top CPS schools based on capacity, is absolutely delusional. I am also the mother of student, and here is a newsflash for you: you should not have to APPLY for your child to be admitted to a decent school. It is a right of every child in this country. In the suburbs, they have access to excellent schools in their neighborhoods. You should be angry that your children are continually denied a basic right of American citizenship, while businesses vie for the opportunity to own your child;s right to an education and turn it into an elitist, class struggle.

        Guest said:
        March 22, 2013 at 7:58 AM

        When 95% of students in some CPS can't meet the MINIMUM state requirements for reading, math, science in the 11th grade who do you want to blame?

      see more buts said:
      March 21, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      You must not be a teacher!

      Auntie said:
      March 22, 2013 at 12:20 AM

      It takes a village to raise a child. If parents are not directly involved in their child's education there is only so much a teacher can do. I know this from experience.

        Guest said:
        March 22, 2013 at 8:18 AM

        Cut the Hillary clinton mumbo jumbo…it takes PARENTS and in the neighborhoods where these schools are being closed there is a serious shortage of reall parenting going on. There's a whole lot of gang banging, drug dealing and a cultures that promote violence and out of wedlock kids.
        these areas comprise about 7-10 neighborhood where 90% of the violent crime happens. The population of these hoods is around 220,000.. is holding a city of 2.4 million hostage.
        Why is it that people in the suburbs can live together in peace and their kids can walk to schools , but the kids in these communities can't?.
        The difference is that these people have little or no regard for human life, a third world mentality appears to be the norm.

        TEACHthetruth said:
        March 22, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        You are absolutely right!

        TEACHthetruth said:
        March 22, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        my reply was to AUNTIE

      Librarian said:
      March 22, 2013 at 6:19 AM

      There is so much a teacher can do, if a child and parent aren't willing to do their part is it fair to punish a teacher.

      RetiredinAz1 said:
      March 22, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      You are a blomming idiot!

    CONCERNED PARENT said:
    March 21, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    This is very upsetting to hear. I'm sympathetic to families, students, and staff affected by this devastating disruption to our children's education. Closing schools, revamping, or turning them around does not guarantee academic achievement. What it does, is cause a distraction to the "real problem" at hand. The neighboring schools will experience a downfall, low performing, over crowdedness, in adequate supplies-space-equipment, and continued lack or resources. All students should be afforded a quality education regardless of their race, creed, sex, religion, social economic status, family size, zip code, and other demographics. One solution would be to fix our current schools, with equitable funding across the board and provide students with the same learning experiences as those in the higher ranking schools ( gifted, selective enrollment, magnet). Some student require remedial, resources, or other tutorials to get them at or above grade level. That is the bottom line, "OUR CHILDREN, "OUR FUTURE!"

      A.Teacher said:
      March 21, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      You should read "The Flat World and Education". Says basically the same thing and gives oodles of data to fuel your fire. What you said is so true and it is truly the root of all problems in equitable education in the U.S.

      Gwen H said:
      March 21, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      I totally agree with this parent. One thing that is mentioned that neither CPS, the union nor Rahm Emmanuel ever talk about is the inequity of the funds spent on and the requirements of the teachers in the selective enrollment, gifted and magnet schools. All schools should get equal funding, bottom line. If the better performing kids are not weeded out into special schools I believe that the city would look at better funding. According to the Tribune at least 40% of these kids come from private schools or the gifted and magnet schools. Also if the suburban kids were weeded out of the selective enrollment programs etc money would be saved and could be applied to the children of tax paying Chicagoans. This system is so messed up that it will only be fixed by someone who is genuinely invested in the city. I am sure that Emmanuel's kids do not go to any CPS school nor any of the children of the decision makers. I feel for both the closing schools and the Welcoming schools. They will all suffer and inevitably the blame will fall on the teachers, the parents or all those children of color.

    noskininthisgame said:
    March 21, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Chicago has lost a third of its school-age kids since 1980. (600,000 then, 400,000 now.) Even without bringing charter schools into the equation, this consolidation was long overdue. Catholic and Lutheran schools have already been through the pain and tears of declining enrollment, closings and consolidations; now it's the public schools' turn.

    And if kids can learn fractions and verb conjugation in one classroom, they can learn those same things in another classroom a mile away, with another teacher. And the lessons that will carry them through their entire lives, flexibility and resilience, can't be taught at any school. It's up to their parents to keep them focused and on course. Life is change, and change is life.

      Hmmmm said:
      March 21, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      Uh, so no source for your stats huh? Catholic and Lutheran schools have lost enrollment because of an overall decline in religion in the U.S.!!! And, "now it's the public schools' turn"? I am glad to see a decline in children being taught all that made up biblical crap, but to give up on public schools because religion and education don't quite mix it the dumbest reason ever!!! And you say the kids can learn in another school a mile away just as easily…Tell me then, will the kids have to walk that extra mile through gang infested streets or will our tax dollars have to pay for the buses? I think you may need to go back to school for some lessons, dummy!

        Curious said:
        March 21, 2013 at 9:34 PM

        The bottom line is that when you take free stuff from some who has done nothing to earn it they freak out. The system is broken and bleeding money. What solution do you suggest? Should we raise taxes? You either have to cut spending or raise revenue. It seems like the school CEO and mayor reviewed the situation and made a simple business decision. Moreover, did Karen Lewis accuse the mayor and CEO of being racist. Isn't the mayor Jewish and the CEO an African American female? Is she joking. Why can't she accept that they simply looked at the numbers and said this is what as to be done

        Curious said:
        March 21, 2013 at 9:35 PM

        The bottom line is that when you take free stuff from some who has done nothing to earn it they freak out. The system is broken and bleeding money. What solution do you suggest? Should we raise taxes? You either have to cut spending or raise revenue. It seems like the school CEO and mayor reviewed the situation and made a simple business decision. Moreover, did Karen Lewis accuse the mayor and CEO of being racist. Isn't the mayor Jewish and the CEO an African American female? Is she joking. Why can't she accept that they simply looked at the numbers and said this is what as to happen.

        Read more: http://wgntv.com/2013/03/21/list-chicago-public-s

        Newsense said:
        March 22, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        i agree curious. we are always complaining at the 11th hour. change isn't always subtle, but necessary. its our job to be proactive in this matter and support the system that was set in place for our children's education. we may not all agree with their methods, but the people who are complaining haven't banded together to raise the $1B shortfall of the system. Fear is an ugly thing…. time to accept what IS and transition smoothly. Peace

      Saynotoviolence said:
      March 22, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      The question is how are these children suppose to focus on fractions and verb conjugation while being threaten & killed by gangs from opposite sides of the street..for lack of a better example.

        Curious said:
        March 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        could not agree more….what is the answer? everyone knows that gang violence is the issue….no one has that solution. While I do not know every gang member, I think the following would be a very good description….typically a young, minority male….he likely has at best one parent involved in his life, little to no formal education and work experience. For years, society and the government has dumped millions of dollars into programs to that will give them a hand up in life…..while there are small successes, nothing seems to work to stop the institutional problem. As long as these folks exist and are brought into the world, gang problems will continue. My suggestion for those of you who suffer living in this environment, do your best to raise your children to understand that being educated, not having kids when you are in high school or your early 20's and getting a good job will eliminate you from having to live in this environment. Being poor is generational….the only way to break the cycle is for one person in the cycle to stop…..this would likely involve not having children out of wed lock with people who have no intention of raising the kids and focusing only on bettering yourself.

        Only when our society takes a fundamental look at this issues, everything else is a waste of time.

    Grandma said:
    March 21, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Stop blaming teachers, and the administration, the lack of resources ……… When was the last time you read a book with your child, took them to the library, talked about what they learned in school, checked their homework, talked with your children about why school is important and how exciting learning can be. Successful children have involved interested parents. So if these activities are not a constant part of your family life, start blaming yourself

      Gwen said:
      March 21, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      We went to the Library yesterday. My kids read books other than just schoolbooks weekly. I am very involved with my kids schools, teachers, field trips etc. as are many, many parents. My children know that College is not optional. The homework is done every night with my husband or me either sitting with them or in the same room, to answer questions. We are involved, interested parents. Our children are successful in spite of this broken system. Ours is not the only family that is involved with their children's education. I get so sick of people like you looking for a parent to blame. The problem is much bigger than that. Chicago schools were not always so atrocious and all Chicago schools are not equal. Just go to the publicrecords and see where the money is spent.

      A future educator! said:
      March 22, 2013 at 7:23 AM

      Ecellent grandma, parents cant leave everything to the teacher. You are your childs first educator! My parents impressed the importantance of education to me and I passd that on to my children. You dont need a lot of money, just resoursces and they are out there and free. Parents need to take back the rollof just that,a parent. Sit ith your child and do their homework, visit the school, get to know the staff, and network with other parents.

        A future educator said:
        March 22, 2013 at 7:24 AM

        Sorry about the spelling errors.

      RetiredinAz1 said:
      March 22, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      Well said Grandma!

      SPE said:
      March 22, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      Amen! you're right in telling the whole truth!

      SHARON said:
      March 22, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      YES YES YES!!!!!!! THANK YOU GLAM-MA!!!

      Chaunsey said:
      April 13, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      Parenting begins at home! That's where it began with my children. I wasn't ever blaming teachers for my short comings. That"s where parents should be, involved with their children 24/7. Know what's going on in their lives on a daily basis. Many children are now the parents and the parents are the children! Take charge of your households and make your children productive citizens in this world. Get up and as a people demand more!!!!

    LN said:
    March 21, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    There are low performing schools not on this list that are scoring so low that it is shameful liike Jackie Robinson. Why do they close some schools and not others. Is it the choice for students or a choice for teachers and principals that play ball with the mayor’s policies? Robinson is one of the worse schools on the southside and really with less than one hundred and fifty students and several staff members making over one hundred thousand per year; closing this school would truly save money. They were saved and Price was closed. It doesn’t make sense. If Robinson remains open a lot of students will be harmed and unable to read and do simple math.

    Pissed! said:
    March 21, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    They are just shifting the bad kids, which in turn will bring down the scores of the schools they are moving them to. Really??? This is your solution? Merge Poe, Keller, etc. Damn leave SSFAA alone!

      kat said:
      March 22, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      I think that it only make sense to move children to lower populated schools to offer them a fairer chance at a good education. I don't think that it is fair to move so many at one time. fifty plus schools is just to much. All of the hub bub around it will just make it much more difficult for the children, parents and teachers to cope. What is wrong with a little transition? I think this could of been thought out much better than it has. I don't remember being offered a vote as a tax payer and a grandparent. I truly would prefer that all monies deemed to education be investigated and dealt with. The money is there or was there or should be there. Once again officials on one level or another have filtered our money elsewhere, now our children and grandchildren pay.
      I don't have children in the CPS system but, we all know that the long arm of the city reaches far into the suburbs. I will continue to pray for the children, parents and teachers that will have to endure this.

    I understand said:
    March 21, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    I have worked in several school districts around the country. It is sad and no one ever wants their neighborhood school to close. It takes money to run buildings and when they are not at capacity, that is a waste od money. Also, no one has children like yester -year so these schools will never be a the capacity of yesterday and due to the economy, cuts have to be made. Would you leave the lights on in a home where you only appeared at some of the time. I know I am going to get a lot of backlash but bravo CPS on attempting to make it better for our children. Don't trash the program, help to make it work.

    Sam D. said:
    March 21, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Maybe it's just time for the CPS to split up into smaller districts and not be in command of everyone else's district. It is happening all around the country and it seems to be a more cost effective solution than closing dozens of schools that are not performing or underperforming. If they are not up to par than get them up to par so that they can perform like the rest. A parent or child shouldn't have to worry about whether or not their school is going to close next year. There are countless places across the U.S. were school districts were facing a deficit in funding's and they decided to break up. One example is in the Salt Lake County area of Utah. The Granite school district was closing schools left and right for years. One half wanted to spit off and the other didn't because they would be taking the rich tax with them. Well it came down to the Granite school district splitting apart and creating 2 districts. The other was the Canyons district. It was rocky at first because of legal trouble but it's working perfectly fine now. Or here's an article describing the Wake county in North Carolina. Just another idea in the basket. http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/02/19/2692189/ti

    Moving2mordor said:
    March 21, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    With the taxes they are being extorted from us, why do have to close schools? Why aren't they streets and roads being repaired? Why aren't there enough cops on the street to stop these gang bangers? That money is going into some's pockets!
    Chicago should stop trying to be like New York or L.A. (with Nobu opening, "poor" people being kicked out of their homes in favor of building luxury condo$, and having a congressman endorsed by a billionaire mayor from another state/city)!
    Chicago is actually turning into a different city alright…DETROIT!
    And we all know what a happy little family friendly place that is!

      Icallbs said:
      March 22, 2013 at 3:35 AM

      Because we now have tons of illegal mexican children that we have to pay for. That's the reason the school system is broke.

      My God can said:
      March 22, 2013 at 7:30 AM

      Let us ask other questions. Why are our children in gangs? Why are we not active in the political arena?
      Why are we not holding the government responsible? Show up at the city council meetings they are open to the public. Police will perform if they know we are holding them accountable.

        sande7 said:
        March 22, 2013 at 9:05 AM

        Question. Do parents have any responsibiilty anymore to raise and discipline their children? Why is it the goverment's job to raise my children? Bottom line. It takes a village but it starts with the parents in the house.

        kat said:
        March 22, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        Good question! what is the parents responsibility?

        kat said:
        March 22, 2013 at 4:27 PM

        Not sure why you would ask why your children are in gangs. My question is why are you not doing something about it? And if you want to be active, than why aren't you? You don't get to have children and then complain that someone else is not raising them.
        I think the best thing to do if your not going to be responsible for your own children is not to have them in the first place.

    Tommy said:
    March 21, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Chicago is crap. Shame on the mayor, the adults of this city, and the President of the United States….you cannot protect the children from getting killed and now you don't to educated them in their own neighborhoods?! What a shame.

      kid1339 said:
      March 22, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      You are 100% right .

    bobhamiltonchicago said:
    March 21, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    They need to shut down the entire CPS system, dismiss all the employees and rebuild the system from scratch using the KhanAcademy.org as a model.

      AVEAH OWENS said:
      March 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      I agree. They get the children that are in the ubran communities and brain washed them. They tell that they have ADHA or ED AND THESE CHILDREN JUST NEED A LITTLE BIT MORE ATTENTION..I PULLED ALL MY CHILDREN OUT OF PUBLIC SCHOOL THIS WEEK IF I HAVE TO HOMESCHOOL OR WORK THREE JOBS JUST PAY TUTUION THATS WHAT I WILL DO. I NEED MY CHILDREN TO HAVE AN EDUCATION. I AM SO AFRAID TO SEND MY CHILDREN TO SCHOOL. BETHUNE ALLOWED MY CHILDREN GET JUMPED ON IN THEIR BUILDING BY KIDS THAT DONT EVEN ATTEND THE SCHOOL. WOW WHO DID JWE PUT IN OFFICE , WHY DID WE PUT HIM IN OFFICE. THE PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE FAITH AND TRUST IN IS KILLING THE COMMUNITIES. I HAVE SEVEN CHILDREN ONE WITH MASSIVE DISABLITIES AND I BE DAMN IF I ALLOW MY CHILDREN GO ONE MORE DAY IN CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOL.

        bobhamiltonchicago said:
        March 22, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        Aveah, I think you misunderstood what I wrote. You need to keep your children in the Chicago Public Schools for now. Homeschooling using Khanacademy.org is absolutely a good idea if not a requirement. But do not allow your children to miss one day or one class of school. It's not necessary to shout, either.

      citizen said:
      March 22, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      No, they need to stop taking advice from every person that appears on the scene with a website and calls himself an expert. They also need to distribute the money fairly, and the city needs to deal with its crime problem. Parents need to take an active role not only in the education, but the behavior of their children. You can blame the teachers, but we all know they are not the issue. This is not a problem unique to CPS school. Just ride CTA, and watch the absolutely wild and outrageous behavior of some of the kids. THAT is not an educational issue, it is a parenting – or LACK of parenting issue!

    Sharon Johnson said:
    March 21, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    THIS DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE, THE MAYOR WOULDN’T HAVE TO CLOSE 61 SCHOOLS IF HE STOP ALL THE CORRUPTIONS, ALL THE KILLING OUT HERE,GETTING SUED EVERY TIME YOU TURN AROUND.

      donny said:
      March 22, 2013 at 2:48 AM

      Hope more of the savage nigg ers become statistics. Those animals

    Shalonda said:
    March 21, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Could this be retaliation for the strike? The teachers got raises, now a lot of teachers have no jobs. Well at least Karen Lewis still has her job….

      kid1339 said:
      March 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      Pork Chop Lewis needs her azz kicked .

    DDM said:
    March 21, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Painful but necessary. For example, in Woodlawn, the Dumas school has 320 students. Four blocks away, Wadsworth has 250 students. These schools were bursting at the seams in 1960, when the population of Woodlawn was 83k. It's now 21k and falling. Consolidation is long overdue.

      TFleming said:
      March 22, 2013 at 5:02 AM

      You're right. Many of these schools were built for the baby boomers.

        Holly said:
        March 22, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        I live in Woodlawn and my children attend Wadsworth. The reality is that Wadsworth is a good school that is performing well and does not have behavioral issues. They share a building with U of Chicago charter school (6-12th grade) and the charter school has long wanted the entire building. Therefore, Wadworth is having to move to Dumas and take all of those extra students, causing class sizes to rise up to 30+. How will they maintain an academically progressive environment with class sizes that big!? Not to mention they are moving to a smaller building, that has no playground or gym for the young ones.

    Guest said:
    March 22, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    I think they need to Stop The Vauchs for Private shools , our schols need to go back to teaching what our kids need to prepair for this world, they need to know they won' find a job without a diploma , The day's they got vouchers is a sorry day the puclic schools , That needs to Stop !! Let the rich pay pat for their own private schools , I say rich because I don't think many middle class , could afford it , they barley make it week to week,when I was growing up , we had , foot ball , basket ball , soft ball , Now where I live they play all the above PLUS wressling (,3 coaches ) track, tennis , golf , I can't remember all of them , But I don't think any of them should take the place of learning , learn thing's
    that will help they with a futures . Or maybe if they go back public , get rid of the high dollar coaches ,
    This list is for boy's coaches , so double it for girls,

    joan said:
    March 22, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Sad this mayor is literally killing chicago, the homeless have no where to go, he's cut out thousands of jobs and now he's trying to target our children in all the lower class minority areas, He's a republician deviant shady devil, pretty soon chicago will be for the wealthy and rich only, this seems criminal….WE NEED DAILY or anyone else, because Rahm Emanuevil is destroying middle/lower class people.

      kid1339 said:
      March 22, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      Mayor Eboy is just like Pres. Oboy !

      Curious said:
      March 22, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      The bottom line is that when you take free stuff from some who has done nothing to earn it they freak out. The system is broken and bleeding money. What solution do you suggest? Should we raise taxes? You either have to cut spending or raise revenue. It seems like the school CEO and mayor reviewed the situation and made a simple business decision. Moreover, did Karen Lewis accuse the mayor and CEO of being racist. Isn't the mayor Jewish and the CEO an African American female? Is she joking. Why can't she accept that they simply looked at the numbers and said this is what as to happen.

      bobhamiltonchicago said:
      March 22, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      Joan, you're in the teachers union aren't you? I can tell from your spelling and writing.

      SHARON said:
      March 22, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      DAILY'S NO SAINT…HE STARTED THIS SH**!!!!

    My God can said:
    March 22, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Please explain this comment is allowed to remain posted?

    Loree said:
    March 22, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Talk to your overpaid administration on your school board Karen Lewis is one of your biggest problems she is so discriminating its not funny. I would have loved to try the voucher system I pay big taxes to send my children to school but opted to get them a better education than public school so I paid extra for them to attend school with no rebate on my taxes and I still pay the school system and don't use u need to stop spending recklessly like the dems and look out for the future

    Lillian Perry said:
    March 22, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    This is insane, I am a parent and to see this happen to our communities is worst then its ever been, If the mayor is so concerned about the kids he needs to step up to the plate and put his kids in one of the schools he and the CPS board wants to close, they need to move into the areas and live it, instead of talking about what is on paper, actually LIVE in the different areas they are screwing with and walk, work and sleep there to really see what real impact the school has for real kids not spoiled rich people who live not in the real world who have to live day to day. If they cut there salaries I bet any money the would be there for all schools. They need to stop stuffing there pockets and put were they claim it would go to the kids…….

    Dakota said:
    March 22, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Chicago is getting shut down, and the people that’s doing it is from Philly? Dont come here trying to do things as if ur still in philly, now we have to buy new uniforms, use more gas taking our kids to school, risk being shot in new neighborhoods where we’re not known! Teachers losing jobs, bus fare is on a steady rise, along with gas prices, were in a lose lose situation… Might as well start home schooling ur kids. We’re in modern day slavery!

      Dakota said:
      March 22, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      Emanuel is a HYPE! RED LOWEYED SWINDLER!

      Brian said:
      March 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      Millions of people do that same thing everyday, (gas, uniforms, travel through different neighborhoods, bus fare), to get their children to school. What makes you so special that you can't do it? Don't you want the best for your children. It's your own fault that your neighborhood is garbage. Get active in your school. Get active in your community. Or take the necessary measures to put yourself and family in a situation where the constant threat of gang-warfare doesn't exist. Stress education and morality in your household. Foster family values and a solid work-ethic. Become upstanding productive citizens. But that might require a little time and effort on your part.

      If you want to do nothing but sit with your hand out , then you get what the rest of productive society gives you. The scraps that fall on the floor. That's not slavery. That's called pulling your own weight. Don't you think it's time Dakota?

    JENNIFER SMITH said:
    March 22, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    some of these kids can't even go to the store in certain neighborhoods, and now you want them to go in other neighborhoods to go to school, just plain stupid the only out come coming out of this B.S. is more of our children getting killed.

    jomarie2007 said:
    March 22, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Yes this is a shame that these schools are closing, but everyone wants to blame the teachers. What about the parents? Time and time again I have seen parents go to a school and cuss a teacher out because THEIR child is failing, YET the child is failing due to lack of homework missing or missing projects. Schooling is just not for the TEACHERS to teach our children, parents are a HUGE part in their child's education. You have some parents that just drop their kids off at school and expect WONDERS to happen, then you have parents that consider school a daycare service and the you have the parents that actually give a dang about their child's education.

    So stop blaming the teachers for poor schools. I give kudos to some of these teachers that travel to some of these neighborhoods to teach and some of them put themselves in danger everyday.

    Lets face it this has always been a city who has based everything on race, so they know who they are going after.

    sande7 said:
    March 22, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    If you want these schools to remain open then be prepared to PAY for them to stay open. It's easy, PAY more money and the schools will remain open. No bi$^hing or complaining about taxes. PAY for it. Don't be mad at elected officals who want to raise your taxes to pay for the wages, the food, the heat and general upkeep of public buildings. It's simple math. No one wants to make tough choices but Chicago and IL needs a wake up call. The city and state are broke.

    SPE said:
    March 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    These changes in Chicago are not the fault of anyone else but the Mayor of Chicago and we the people need to get him to resign. We all need to come together as one and its time for to get out of our city!

    Rose said:
    March 22, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    It really doesn’t make any since to me, to close down this many schools. I’m a parent, my children school is on the list. My children are honor students with a gpa of 4.0. I have a daughter in Lane Tech High School. So it’s not that the children isn’t learning. If the government stop misusing funds we won’t have this problem. The situation needs to be taken into consideration. I refuse to make my daughters walk 15-20 blocks to school with all the child rapist and gangs. Closing schools is going to hurt more instead of making things better. The government is steady raising taxes, red light cameras are everywhere, parking meters, and 100 dollar car stickers. Where is the money going ? But they are willing to take a chance on a child education. How cruel is that.

      SPE said:
      March 22, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      Comment from a Grandma……
      Stop blaming teachers, and the administration, the lack of resources ……… When was the last time you read a book with your child, took them to the library, talked about what they learned in school, checked their homework, talked with your children about why school is important and how exciting learning can be. Successful children have involved interested parents. So if these activities are not a constant part of your family life, start blaming yourself

    jomarie2007 said:
    March 22, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Chicago is heading for a depression.

    Brian said:
    March 22, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Why are we trying to make this about race, (Karen Lewis). It's simply a matter of economics. When you leave the house you shut the lights off because nobody is home. Do you leave the water running when you are not taking a shower or washing dishes? Is the oven left on when nothing is cooking? NO. You don't do any of these things because they all cost money to do, and you don't want to waste money. It's called operational cost. Combine the empty schools, to make full schools.
    Higher attendance means higher budget for that school. Higher budget for school means a better school and education !!!! Sometimes you got to break a few eggs to make an omelet. It's not about race you grand-standing idiot. You are an embarrassment to the "quality" teachers of Chicago Public schools.

      sande7 said:
      March 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      race card works well in Chicago.

        Holly said:
        March 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        Brian- clearly you don't live in these neighborhoods and see how it affects the families living here. You don't see the positives that happen in the exisiting schools. It's not just about numbers, it's about quality of education. Do you want your 1st grader in a class of 35+ students? Because this is what will be happening when they combine all of these "under-utilized" schools. How will they get a better education? It's not about adding IPADs, airconditioning, or libraries to our schools. It's about providing teachers with reasonable class sizes, support, and safety.

    keeping real said:
    March 22, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    it very sad that chicago is going down like detriot that is a donkey hole of a city!!! next election we need fire those monkeies!!!!! well closing school is about as smart as closing prison too!!!

    AVAEAH said:
    March 22, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    HOPEFULLY THEY CAN BUT SCHOOL BOOKS. MY CHILDREN HAVE NEVER CAME HOME WITH A SCHOOL BOOK

    bobhamiltonchicago said:
    March 22, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    The only group who is against this common sense and overdue consolidation is the teachers union, which is also the source of most of the problems with the CPS.

    Lund13 said:
    March 22, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    This isn't unique to Chicago. Almost any city with more than 100,000 people are seeing this. A lot of it has to do with pensions, or the high number of buildings that were built between 1910-1920 (and having to upgrade them to 2013 building code would cost more than just rebuilding); lots of cities with populations of, say, 120,000 that had 5 high schools in 1983 now have 1 big high school in 2013 that offers college prep classes, offers many more programs, have excellent facilities where kids can get involved in sports or take college credit classes onsite and gets students used to college because the large campus looks like what they'll see in college.
    The other side of this is that it's not racist – Chicago Schools are a minority-majority district. As well, birth rates have gone way down during the times these kids were born and will likely drop even more, which will mean big cities/big districts will continue to dwindle. What happens in cities like Chicago is that you might see a lot of very young students, but by grade 4 or 5 many parents typically move to smaller communities and children don't remain in Chicago from K-12.

    Holly said:
    March 22, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Something else no one has touched on is the injustice of timing! This list was released in Feb/March, months after the lottery system was closed for the following year. My children attend Wadsworth and it is a good school that we felt comfortable keeping them. However, had I known it would be combining with Dumas, I would have done the lottery system to try to get them into a magnet school. The fact that they have given parents no time to prepare for other options for their children is a travesty.

    Love Gods Childern said:
    March 22, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    May God Have Mercy on the indiviuals who made the decision on closing all of the schools don't forget while all of you that is sitting on your thrones condeming Gods childern sending them out to wonder in the wildernss !! Remember Who is Making Yours. !!!!!!!

    spoolie said:
    March 22, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    you people still don't get it. they are allowing the violence to continue to keep you terrified and closing the schools to keep you stupid so you will keep voting the same democrats in to office with the promise they will save you. really 50 million dollars for basketballs to help stop the killing? that is one of their solutions. lol

    TAINIKA SOMERVILLE said:
    March 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    hi my name is TAINIKA i work with ACTION NOW…….if u fed up and wanna do something attend the big rally on the 27 of MARCH we have bus pick up…we as parents, commuity, stores, just everyone need to attend we need to start to stick together now…THIS WED.27TH…….STOP THE SCHOOL CLOSING….
    312-676-3374 CALL FOR MORE INFO……

    rundownwoman said:
    March 25, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    have you all lost their mind???????
    most of them on the southside and a few on the northside . a studden change to the southside about 20 years couse this!!!!

    RUN said:
    March 25, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    CPS IS A STINKING P********* HOLE TO CAUSE .ALL OF THEM YOU SUCK DONKEY DICK ….!!!!!!!!

    Dela said:
    April 3, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Hey what about the lottery all that cash hmm wasn't the Lottery's plan to help the schools of IL and Chicago Like the Tow way money suppose to help care for the roads and bridges .

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