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Chicago School Closings

School Closing Protest Draws Thousands -- And Arrests

Posted 03.27.2013 | Chicago

Updated story A throng of protestors, police and media descended on Daley Plaza Wednesday, kicking off what are expected to be several weeks of dem...

What the Tribune Survey on Chicago Schools Really Says

Gregory Michie | Posted 05.26.2013 | Chicago
Gregory Michie

On many educational issues, Chicagoans aren't buying what the business-minded school reformers are selling. The future of public education, and by extension the future of the city, continues to be fiercely contested territory.

CPS School Closings Provoke Parents' Confusion, Anger

Reuters | Posted 05.27.2013 | Chicago

By Renita D. Young CHICAGO, March 26 (Reuters) - Nanette Fouch does not understand why her granddaughter may have to transfer from a ...

School's Closing Puts Inspiring Youth Orchestra At Risk

Posted 03.25.2013 | Chicago

Almost two years ago, the city of Chicago rallied to help save the music program of a West Humboldt Park public school -- and today, that same school ...

Rahm Breaks His Silence On School Closings

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 03.25.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded Saturday to widespread criticism of his plan to close 54 Chicago Public Schools, saying he wasn't interested i...

Coalition Pushes Back Against School Closings

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 03.22.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Chicago Public Schools officials ended months of speculation when they released the list of 54 schools the city plans to close, but the pus...

Joy Resmovits

Chicago To Shut Down 54 Schools | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.22.2013 | Chicago

Citing budget concerns and falling enrollment, Chicago Public Schools officials announced Thursday they plan to close 54 schools next year and shut do...

CPS Announces Its Largest School Closing Push Ever

Posted 03.22.2013 | Chicago

Updated story Chicago Public Schools on Thursday announced their plan to close 54 of the district's school programs and 61 school buildings. The...

State Lawmakers Call For Moratorium On CPS School Closings

Posted 03.12.2013 | Chicago

The Illinois state legislature's Latino and Black caucuses on Monday warned against the Chicago Public Schools' plan to close dozens of its schools --...

Preliminary CPS School Closing List Roils Community Groups

Posted 02.14.2013 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools' release of a preliminary list of 129 of the district's 681 schools that are eligible for closure by June was met with disgust ...

129 Schools Named To Preliminary CPS Closure List

Posted 02.13.2013 | Chicago

Updated story Two days ahead of the release of a preliminary list of Chicago Public Schools that are slated to be closed, Alderman Proco "Joe" More...

Panel To CPS: Don't Close Any High Schools

Reuters | Posted 03.13.2013 | Chicago

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, Jan 10 (Reuters) - A commission charged with helping the Chicago public school system decide which schools...

'Secret' CPS School Closing Doc Discovered Amid Fight Over Charters

Posted 12.19.2012 | Chicago

Updated story The Chicago Teachers Union and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration are clashing once again over looming Chicago Public School closure...

Teachers Union Mocks Mayor In Satirical 'Fat Cats' Video

Posted 12.11.2012 | Education

The Chicago Teachers Union is out with an incendiary video targeting city officials through a made-up scary cartoon bedtime story called "The Fat Cats...

The "Justification" for Closing Schools in Chicago

Dave Stieber | Posted 02.04.2013 | Education
Dave Stieber

This city has consistently failed communities. Instead of trying to improve, fully fund, and help communities and their schools, Rahm and Barbara Byrd-Bennet believe to really "help" a community it is best to close their schools.

Alex Kuczynski-Brown

Chicago Teachers Union Report Highlights Flaws | Alex Kuczynski-Brown | Posted 11.30.2012 | Education

Nearly two months after a contentious labor battle between Chicago teachers and the city, the Chicago Teachers Union is striking yet another blow in a...

CPS School Closing Deadline Extension Approved By State House

Reuters | Posted 01.28.2013 | Chicago

* House votes to give Chicago schools four-month extension * Dozens of Chicago school closings possible in 2013 * School...

CPS CEO Proposes 5-Year Moratorium On School Closings

Reuters | Posted 01.26.2013 | Chicago

* Move seen as attempt to provide post-2013 stability * Rash of Chicago school closures expected next year * Feelings st...

DCPS School Closures List Expected To Be Released Tuesday

Posted 11.09.2012 | Education

A list of D.C. Public Schools targeted for closure or consolidation is expected to be announced Tuesday by Chancellor Kaya Henderson, the Washington ...

Aldermen Push For Hearings, Details On Rumored School Closings

Posted 10.05.2012 | Chicago

Chicago aldermen on Thursday echoed teachers' anxiety over rumors of Chicago Public Schools' plan to shutter dozens of underperforming or under-utiliz...

First Heat-Related Deaths Of Summer Reported Thursday

Posted 07.06.2012 | Chicago

Updated story Following a day that tied the record for the city's hottest Fourth of July ever, summer classes at some 18 Chicago Public Schools sch...

Missed Opportunities

DeAngelo Bester | Posted 06.25.2012 | Chicago
DeAngelo Bester

Making sure everyone pays their fair share is extremely important, but we need to make sure that the money generated is used for programs and services that invest in human needs, redress inequalities and expand opportunities for everyone.

Mend Fences, Build Better Schools for Chicago

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.02.2012 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

Chicago Public Schools may feel an unprecedented effort was made this year to reach out regarding turnarounds. However, while Mayor Emanuel has a point when he says the protests are "noise associated with change," that's not the whole story.

Playtime's Over: CPS To Reopen Schools On Friday

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It's back to school tomorrow for over 400,000 students in Chicago, as the city's school system announced that it will reopen after back-to-back snow d...

CPS School Closings: Huberman Will Involve Parents And Community Leaders Earlier In Process

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Bowing to complaints about a secretive process for determining school closings, Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman today unveiled plans to involv...