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CPS votes to close 5 schools
As expected, the unelected CPS board voted to close NTA and four Englewood high schools this week. Students showed up in full force to protest the closings of their schools and held a sit-in at CPS headquarters and then marched to City Hall.
Chance the Rapper tweeted during the Board meeting, “Right now downtown, CPS higher ups are voting on whether to close 4 predominantly black & brown schools on the southside. This mirrors the ineffective and unfair closing of 50+ schools by Rahm Emanuel in 2013. WHY OUR KIDS EVERY TIME? #cpsboard.”
With NTA, CPS took the unprecedented step of closing a Level 1+ school with over 700 students. We’ll continue to push for an elected school board that’s accountable to the public with Raise Your Hand Action.
Read our statement from the unelected BOE meeting here.
Relevant news before the vote:
WTTW Chicago Tonight: Community Leaders Ask CPS Watchdog to Investigate Englewood Plan
IL neo-voucher program enriches some of the usual suspects of ed reform
Thanks to WBEZ for this in-depth report on the new tax-credit scholarship (neo-voucher) program in IL. Not only do wealthy donors get to reduce their taxable income by 75% with this program, but WBEZ reports that the main group that lobbied for the program is now making $1.6M off it, Juan Rangel, ousted former CEO of UNO is a paid consultant for them, and the Catholic Church has been a main partner in the lobbying efforts to get this program approved and to steer parents to a particular organization, Empower IL.
ISBE community input session for teachers, staff and admin, March 5
CPS personnel is invited to meet with the ISBE inquiry team on Monday to share details of how changes to special ed policies have impacted their schools.
PARCC: updated factsheet
PARCC testing begins in CPS on March 5th. We have updated materials on our website explaining what the future prospects of PARCC testing are in Illinois and how to refuse this year’s PARCC testing. If you have more questions or are running into roadblocks to refusal at your child’s school, email us or call 413-3OPTOUT.
In other news
WTTW Chicago Tonight: Rauner Veto Stalls Bill Aimed at Limiting State Charter School Control
Chicago Magazine: A New Exhibit Spotlights a Rarely Seen Keith Haring Mural
Chicago Reporter: When Chicago closed her kids’ school, she decided to fight back
WTTW Chicago Tonight: Local Students Discuss Movement for Gun Law Reform
The New York Times: Opinion: The Unmet Promise of Equality
Friday March 9, 3:00pm to your school is the new deadline to turn in paperwork if you intend to run for LSC
Paperwork can be found at this CPS webpage.
Please use this tool created by Josh Kalov to determine your LSC Voting District. Discover where you can run as a Community Rep and discover which LSC Elections you can vote in as a community member!
Saturday March 10th, 10:30am
Columbus Park, 500 S Central
Small workshop for parents to learn about their rights, get resources and information about IEP meetings, etc. Register here.
Monday April 9th, Doors & Pizza, 6:00pm, Screening starts at 6:30pm
Theatre 400, 6746 North Sheridan Road
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. Please purchase your ticket in advance, we expect to sell out. Theater 400's Concession Stand will be open.