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Committee to Save North Lawndale Schools Press Release

Committee to Save North Lawndale Schools Press Release

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Press Release for March 21, 2012 press conference.
Press Release for March 21, 2012 press conference.

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Committee to SaveNorth Lawndale Schools
Press ReleaseWest Side Elected Officials, Community LeadersUnveil Alternative Plan to School Closures
For Immediate Release:
March 21, 2013
Contact:
Valerie F. Leonard, (773) 521-3137 or (773) 571-3886 (cell)valeriefleonard@msn.comThe Committee to Save North Lawndale Schools released an alternative plan to school closures at the Better BoysFoundation earlier today, in anticipation of an imminent announcement from CPS to close as many as 129 schools. "Mydistrict could lose up to 36 schools, for a total capital disinvestment of nearly $600 million", said Cook CountyCommissioner Robert Steele, whose 2nd District includes the North Lawndale community. The North Lawndalecommunity could lose 12 schools, for a total capital disinvestment of nearly $200 million. The committee is concernedabout the potential negative impacts of massive school closings, including interruptions in student achievement;increased student mobility and dropout rates; exacerbated blight conditions; reduced property values; increasedvandalism and violence.The Committee to Save North Lawndale Schools will create a community schools collaborative to work with schools andthe North Lawndale Community Advisory Council to strengthen local schools' ability to deliver favorable academicoutcomes while serving as bona fide community centers focusing on the needs of the family, students and communitymembers. The collaborative will 1) develop programming that will reduce truancy and delinquency and cut the pipelinefrom school to prison; 2) enhance health, fitness and nutrition for students and their families, eradicate the food desertand expand opportunities for healthy eating and positive lifestyle changes; 3) augment the school curricula withworkforce development training that will provide students with exposure to career choices in manufacturing, technology,health and the trades, beginning at the elementary school level; 4) provide basic skills and workforce training anddevelopment opportunities for parents 5) provide outlets for sports and recreation, arts and culture. The plan includes aproposed structure, implementation schedule and budget. The estimated startup cost for the initiative is $322,000, notincluding in-kind contributions from collaborative partners.The collaborative will be looking to create win-win alternatives that will ease the financial burden of school operationswhile creating greater synergies between the City, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Public Libraries, City Colleges, theChicago Park District, Chicago Police Department, elected officials, community based organizations, local residents,parents and students. We welcome community based organizations, small businesses (as appropriate),clinics, etc. torent space in school buildings, subject to approval of principals, LSC's and the schools' plans for improvement. Thecollaborative also recommends the conversion of classroom space to libraries where possible.The Committee to Save North Lawndale Schools (CSNLS) is comprised of North Lawndale stakeholders who have cometogether to provide an alternative plan to avert school closings. Members of the ad hoc committee include electedofficials, local community-based organizations, and engaged individuals . To date, the group consists of the followingmembers: Congressman Danny K. Davis, Representative Arthur Turner, Commissioner Robert Steele, Alderman
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