The Weekly Ed Update- 6.9.17

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Thanks to everyone who came out to Old Irving Brewing to help us celebrate and raise funds for our next phase. We had so much fun seeing so many people who have worked with us over the years on campaigns and efforts to strengthen our public schools.

You can watch a short video we showed at the party highlighting some of our work over the years here.

If you couldn’t make it but want to make a donation to support our work going forward, contribute here.

School closings, new high school in Englewood announced

CPS announced today that Harper, Hope, Robeson, and TEAM Englewood high schools will be closed and a new $75M high school will be built on the site of Robeson. Unfortunately, this is not part of a clear plan for neighborhood high school investment.

Why is CPS not considering doing major upgrades to the Robeson building and using the rest of the capital funds to fix the many existing capital needs around the district? Is this the best use of money at this time when the district is completely broke?

In addition, the proposed attendance area for the consolidated school would have many existing charter, contract, and city-wide schools within and around it, and two of the high schools to be closed are already co-located with charters. Without clear and firm commitments to staffing and programming at the new high school, consolidation could simply add to the destabilization and disruption in this area.

Sun-TimesCPS to build new high school in Englewood, close 4 others

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The White Rhino blog: With new Englewood high school, Chicago Public Schools ignores sub-standard building conditions at Hancock College Prep

NPR: DeVos Says More Money Won't Help Schools; Research Says Otherwise

New York TimesThe Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America’s Schools

TribuneIllinois years behind in scoring state science tests; officials blame budget

ACLU of Rhode Island: Report Highlights School Officials’ Ability to Spy On Students at Home

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