This Week in Ed 3.2.18: CPS Closes 5 Schools

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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.


Sun-TimesCPS board votes to close Englewood high schools, elementary school in South Loop

WBEZ: Months of Protest End in Vote to Close Five Chicago Schools

WGN: Chicago Board of Education votes to close 4 Englewood schools


Relevant news before the vote:

Sun-TimesWith CPS set to close 4 South Side schools, questions on community support

WTTW Chicago TonightCommunity 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 TonightRauner Veto Stalls Bill Aimed at Limiting State Charter School Control

Chicago MagazineA New Exhibit Spotlights a Rarely Seen Keith Haring Mural

Chicago ReporterWhen Chicago closed her kids’ school, she decided to fight back

WTTW Chicago TonightLocal Students Discuss Movement for Gun Law Reform

The New York TimesOpinion: The Unmet Promise of Equality



⟹ 2018 LSC Candidate Paperwork Deadline Extension

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!


⟹ Austin SPED Workshop

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.



⟹ Backpack Full of Cash Screening: Rogers Park

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 herePlease purchase your ticket in advance, we expect to sell out. Theater 400's Concession Stand will be open.