CHICAGO ANNOUNCES 54 SCHOOL CLOSURES / by


Outrage broke out amongst parents, teachers and students today in the city of Chicago as it was announced hours ago that over 50 Chicago Public Elementry schools would not be opening their doors to over 30,000 students next school year. It marks the largest single group of school closing in U.S. history.

Mayor Rahm Emanual is under fired for the closures and being deemed a "murder mayor" by the Chicago Union Teacher's President Karen Lewis. The closure reportedly affects children on the city's south and west side urban areas. The schools that are closing will have students enroll into nearby school, making the classrooms and schools more crowded. Check out the report below.

Chicago Public Schools announced the closing of 54 school programs and 61 buildings a few moments ago. The closures will affect 30,000 students and is the largest single group of school closings in U.S. history. The Sun-Times has the full list of the schools to be closed and the schools receiving students displaced by the closings here.

As expected, teachers, parents and politicians have all voiced their objections to the plan. CPS principals accused the school district of having no rhyme or reason to the closings that affect mainly poor students on the city's South and West sides. (We've included a map above overlaying the planned closures against the city's poverty levels.The Sun-Times has its own interactive map.) Clarice Berry, president of Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, called the closings "slash and burn."

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, at a news conference at Mahalia Jackson Elementary in Gresham this afternoon, called the closures "outrageous" and described Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is on a ski vacation in Utah, a "murder mayor."

He is murdering public services. Murdering our ability to maintain public sector jobs and now he has set his sights on our public schools. But we have news for him: We don’t intend to die. This is not Detroit. We are the city of big shoulders and so we intend to put up a fight. We don’t know if we can win, but if you don’t fight, you will never win at all. 
“The people of this city can no longer sit back and allow this mayor, his school board and his corporate cronies to run roughshod over democracy. They’ve turned their backs on affordable housing; turned their backs on job creation; and, now they’re turning their backs on our students, their families and our schools. We are tired of playing their school reform games. But who are the winners and losers? Who made the rules? And what do they keep telling the losers to keep them playing their games?
“We do not have a utilization crisis. What we have is a credibility crisis. CPS continues to peddle half-truths, lies and misinformation in order to justify its campaign to wipe out our schools and carry out this corporate-driven school reform nonsense. CPS continues to peddle an ‘underutilization myth’ and ‘billion dollar deficit lie’ as justification for their actions. When research and the facts prove them wrong they simply reconfigure their talking points in order to further perpetrate their sham and to keep us playing their school reform games."
The City Council Progressive Caucus released a statement before the announcement decrying CPS' decision to move forward with the closings.

In going ahead with this plan, the Chicago Public Schools administration and the Board of Education are violating the Illinois General Assembly’s requirement that it disclose its ten-year master facilities plan first. 
Moreover, we are concerned that the plan disproportionately targets schools serving African-American and Latino children. As a result, this massive closure would leave entire neighborhoods as virtual "school deserts," disrupting the lives of children and families and depressing property values.
The impact of these closings is overwhelmingly negative and socially costly: It will have a negative impact on children who are forced to travel long distances to the receiving school, or to be bussed out of their communities. Children will have to travel through unfamiliar and possibly dangerous neighborhoods beset with gang activity. Schools which receive children will be at risk of overcrowding, thus negatively affecting both the new arrivals and the children already in the receiving schools.
The CEO has assured that all children from closed schools will be assigned to a school which are performing better academically than the closed school. The Police Superintendent has assured that each child from closed schools will be afforded safe passage to and from school. The people of Chicago should hear how these assurances will come to bear before any changes are made. Such assurances have been hollow in the past, and there is no evidence they will be truer today.
The public deserves answers to these important questions: How much will it cost to move all these students and to ensure their safety and security? How will the new expenses be paid for? Until this and many other questions are explored, examined and presented for public review, we stand with our teachers, parents and other community stakeholders in calling call for an immediate moratorium on school closings.
 Source: Chicago List

Below you will see a list of all of the closures and where the students should be transfered to.


Altgeld Elementary School will be closed into Wentworth
Armstrong Elementaryentary Math and Science will be closed into Leland
Attucks Elementaryentary School will be phased out over two years and closed into Beethoven
Banneker Elementary School will be closed into Mays
Bethune Elementary School will be closed into Gregory
Bontemps Elementary School will be closed into Nicholson
Buckingham will be closed into Montefiore
Calhoun North Elementary School will be closed into Cather
Canter Middle School will be closed into Hart, Ray
Delano Elementary School will be closed into Melody
Dumas Technology Acad Elementary Sch will be closed into Wadsworth
Roque De Duprey Elementary School will be closed into DeDiego
Emmet Elementary School will be closed into Ellington, DePriest
Ericson Elementary Scholastic Academy will be closed into Sumner
Fermi Elementary School will be closed into South Shore Fine Arts
Garfield Park Prep Acad Elementary Sch will be closed into Faraday
Garvey M Elementary School will be closed into Mount Vernon
Goldblatt Elementary School will be closed into Hefferan
Goodlow Elementary Magnet School will be closed into Earle
Henson Elementary School will be closed into C. Hughes
Herbert Elementary School will be closed into Dett
Jackson M Elementary School will be closed into Fort Dearborn
Key Elementary School will be closed into Ellington
King Elementary School will be closed into Jensen
Kohn Elementary School will be closed into Cullen, Lavizzo, L. Hughes
Lafayette Elementary School will be closed into Chopin
Lawrence Elementary School will be closed into Burnham
Manierre Elementary School will be closed into Jenner
Marconi Elementary Community Academy will be closed into Tilton
May Elementary Community Academy will be closed into Leland
Mayo Elementary School will be closed into Wells
Morgan Elementary School will be closed into Ryder
Near North will be closed into Montefiore
Overton Elementary School will be closed into Mollison
Owens Elementary Community Academy will be closed into Gompers
Paderewski Elementary Learning Academy will be closed into Cardenas and Castellanos
Parkman Elementary School will be closed into Sherwood
Peabody Elementary School will be closed into Otis
Pershing West Elementary Magnet School will be closed into Pershing East
Pope Elementary School will be closed into Johnson
Ross Elementary School will be closed into Dulles
Ryerson Elementary School will be closed into Ward
Sexton Elementary School will be closed into Fiske
Songhai Elementary Learning Institute will be closed into Curtis
Stewart Elementary School will be closed into Brennemann
Stockton Elementary School will be closed into Courtenay
Trumbull Elementary School will be closed into Chappell, McPherson, McCutcheon
Von Humboldt Elementary School will be closed into De Diego
West Pullman Elementary School will be closed into Haley
Williams Middle Prep Academy will be closed into Drake
Williams Multiplex Elementary School will be closed into Drake
Woods Elementary Math & Science Academy will be closed into Bass
Yale Elementary School will be closed into Harvard
 This is not good. There isn't even a valid reason as to why these schools are closing. The kicker is that it is in all of the urban and lower class areas that this is happening in. The school closure will only crowd up more schools, and over work teachers and principles because of the excessive amount of students.

Not only that, but this will honestly cause more trouble in these schools. These children are already bad and out of their minds, now they will get even more crazy and rowdy because there will be more of them, all together, like a fucking wolf pack!

I think it's complete bullshit! The school system has already been rocky for years and instead of fixing them so that these children can have a good  education, they're going to close them? What kind of city and mayor does that? What about all of the lost job? The teachers and janitors? It's crazy!! Chicago needs to get it together, it's not making Rham look good for a re-election.