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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.
In other news
Crain’s Chicago Business: School fight's a sign that segregation is alive and well in South Loop
DNAinfo: Don't Close Our School For New South Loop High School, Parents Warn CPS
The White Rhino blog: With new Englewood high school, Chicago Public Schools ignores sub-standard building conditions at Hancock College Prep
New York Times: The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America’s Schools
ACLU of Rhode Island: Report Highlights School Officials’ Ability to Spy On Students at Home
Chicago Magazine: Welcome to Refugee High
Chicago Magazine: Success Is Part of My South Side Story, Not Separate From It