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Chicago Public Schools announces school closures

Chicago Public Schools announces school closures

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CPS announced 54 schools would be closed or consolidated.
CPS announced 54 schools would be closed or consolidated.

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Published by: Alex Parker on Mar 21, 2013
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Media Briefing
March 21, 2013
The Need to Consolidate Resources in Order to Invest in ExpandingAccess to a High-Quality Education
child in every neighborhood in Chicago deserves access to a high quality educationthat prepares them to succeed in life. For too long, children in certain parts of Chicago havebeen cheated out of the resources they need to succeed in the classroom because toomany of our scarce resources are being spent on maintaining underutilized, under-resourced schools
consolidating these schools, we can focus on successfully transitioning every child intoa better performing school close to their current school. Each welcoming school will havethe things that parents, teachers and CPS agree students need, such as a library with newbooks and digital materials, air conditioning, computer and science technology upgrades,counseling and social work support
-CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett
We have worked with and will continue to work with the communitythroughout this process
Independent body appointed by CEO Byrd-Bennett to facilitatecommunity conversations and make recommendations on how toaddress underutilization
Held 10 public meetings attended by over 1500 participants, met withLSC Advisory Board and every Community Action Council
Released two reports outlining recommendations on criteria for schoolclosures and transition plan considerations
Nearly 30 meetings across the city attended by over 20,000 participantsto hear school specific thoughts from students, parents, administrators,teachers, and community leaders
Transcripts and meeting summaries reviewed by CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett to inform recommendations
 Additional meetings held with school and community representatives attheir request
For each and every proposed closure and co-location, there will be 2additional meetings in the community and 1 public hearing before a finalboard vote
For each proposed turnaround, there will be 1 public hearing
For any proposals that are approved, staff, parents, and LSCs will beinvolved with School Transition TeamCommission onSchool UtilizationCPS sponsoredcommunitymeetingsPostannouncementand transitions

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