CPS closures vote begins: 49 elementary schools to close

The board voted 4-2 to close Von Humboldt Elementary, then voted on the rest of the closings together.

That vote passed unanimosly, so the board all together voted to close 49 elementary schools and one high school program.

Updates:

From Earlier:

Opponents of Chicago Public Schools’ proposal to shut-down 49 schools are voicing their opinions at CPS headquarters on Wednesday.

CT CPSClosing17.JPG60 speakers, including Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis, aldermen, and parents, are among those speaking out against the plan. Security had to remove one parent for trying to speak without being on the official list.

Once all of the speakers are done, the Chicago Board of Education is expected to vote on whether to close 49 schools. The number used to be more than 50, but CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett withdrew her recommendations to close Manierre Elementary School, Mahalia Jackson Elementary School, Garvey Elementary School, and Ericson Elementary School. She is also requesting Canter Elementary School be closed through a phased-in approach. She is also not trying to get the Academy for Urban School Leadership to run Barton Elementary School.

Several protesters packed into the lobby and attempted a sit-in, but police officers forced them out.

If the board votes to shut-down all of the schools, that would be the largest mass school closing in U.S. history. Tens of thousands of children will be affected.

CPS says it needs to close underutilized schools to fix a deep deficit. But, opponents say closures will put the safety of students at risk.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this report.

4 comments

  • Sallie Kelley

    Please inform the public that there are classrooms in the Chicago Public School system that have 30 – 40 students. Reduce the underutilized classrooms by cutting that class size in half, to 15 or 20 students per class. Give EVERY student an opportunity to learn and achieve success by adding teachers to accommodate those smaller class sizes; for pull-out programs to accommodate the underachievers; to tap into the arts, physical education, foreighn langages, technology, and hands on science labs. Diversity and individualized instruction have been researched and proven to be successful teaching/learning methods for special education students, English language learners, and those students who have deficiencies for whatever the reason. Utilize those classrooms by instituting 21st century technology to ensure equity across the state of Illinois so that ALL students, even urban Chicago students have the opportunity to achieve success.

  • Bill

    Thanks to the "Teachers" and their "Union", who have BANKRUPT or city and state…, these schools MUST be closed. Keep striking we'll close even more.

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  • joe

    50 years of lower expectations and lower standards in the classroom.Politicans afraid to do the right thing because they surrender to the unions and parents. Sugar coating the problems through the years instead of addressing the root problem leads to this mess, and the majority want to keep sugar coating. You can only sugar coat so long, then the sugar becomes very bitter. In the end the schools will be closed, the union will continue to protest and nothing will be solved. Welcome to 50 years of Chicago Democratic government.

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