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CPS Releases New “Safe Passage” Routes, Residents Wonder about Students’ Safety

Before the new school year begins, some Back of the Yards families are still wondering what’s the safest route for their children to travel to and from school. Chicago public schools (CPS) recently announced the new “safe passage” routes for schools that will be welcoming students whose elementary schools were closed last June. For the […]

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New CPS Budget Cuts From Classrooms, Raises Taxes

On the heels of perhaps the largest school closing in U.S. history last June, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) produced a new budget in late July that laid off over three thousand school-based personnel, including over a thousand teachers. The $5.6 billion proposed CPS budget includes a tax increase and an additional $68 million in […]

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Brighton Park Residents Say with Budget Cuts to Schools Crime Goes Up, Education Down (PHOTOS)

About 500 parents from Brighton Park packed the Shields Elementary auditorium last Wednesday July 17. At an evening meeting, they urged CPS officials to restore the nearly $7.5 million in funding cuts to their neighborhood schools. Students from the Kelly High School drama club performed a skit that illustrated their reactions when they found out […]

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Board of Education Approves Closure of 49 CPS Schools, 1 High School Program

Despite ongoing pleas from parents to keep their kid’s schools open, the Chicago Board of Education is closing dozens of them. During its monthly board meeting Wednesday, the Board of Education unanimously voted to close 49 elementary schools and one high school program. After months of public hearings, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett emphasized that “we […]

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Chicago Teachers Union Wants to Launch Voter Campaign to Oust Mayor, Stop School Closings

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is going after elected officials who want to close schools. At a press conference on Monday, April 15 she said the union is planning to launch a citywide voter registration campaign to oust Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other elected officials who were part of the decisions involving the closing […]

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Fuzzy Math: The CPS Budget Crisis

As citywide opposition to Mayor Emanuel’s massive school closing program comes into sharper focus every day, the rationale for the plan gets fuzzier and fuzzier. Take the question of money. When CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett accepted her utilization commission’s call for taking high school closings off the table, the potential savings from school closings was […]

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CPS Meeting on School Closings Leaves Many Residents Disappointed

About 100 community residents were left outside the auditorium at Arturo Velasquez Institute during the CPS meeting on school closings. A group of upset parents and teachers shouted “open the doors,” after police officers closed the auditorium and asked people to step back. They said the room was at capacity with hundreds of people inside. […]

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Questions for the School Utilization Commission

There’s an awful lot of confusion around the CPS’s new commission on school utilization An earlier version of this report appeared at Community Media Workshop’s Newstips.org. There’s lot of confusion around CPS’s new commission on school utilization and the district’s drive to close neighborhood schools. There’s confusion over CPS claims of an enrollment crisis, over […]