3 CPS schools to become ‘turnaround’ schools

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Three more under-performing Chicago Public Schools will see their staffs let go and operations will be handed over to a private group as part of a turnaround.

The three schools will be operated and staffed by the Academy for Urban School Leadership next year.

The Chicago School Board voted unanimously to “turnaround” Gresham Elementary on the South Side. The same decision was made about Dvorak Technology Academy in North Lawndale and Mcnair Elementary in the Austin neighborhood by a 4-1 vote.

The principal, teachers and other staff members will all be replaced by the privately run AUSL next school year.

It’s a move that drew a passionate response at a meeting of the Chicago School Board today.

Gresham principal Dr Brown spoke out against the turnaround and called a potential AUSL takeover damaging for her students both educationally and emotionally.

According to cps, all three schools are failing academically According to the CPSwebsite each falls more than 20 percent below the CPS average for ISAT testing. All three have also been on probation for at least 6 years.

Some parents and community members say if the schools were given the additional resources, AUSL is expected to get, they could improve academics.

But CPS CEO Barbara Byrd Bennet says the three school have received additional help, but CPS has not seen the hoped for academic progress.



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