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School Closing Updates

School Closing Updates

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Updates for school closures impacting North Lawndale through April 4, 2013.
Updates for school closures impacting North Lawndale through April 4, 2013.

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Welcome to
Save North LawndaleSchools
, a newsletter to provide updateson school closings. If you would like tounsubscribe, submit material, or makegeneral comments, you may contact meatvaleriefleonard@msn.com. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Valerie F. Leonard, Editor 
Links to Blogs and Other Resources to FollowEducation Issues
6 North Lawndale Schools areTargets for Closure or Turnaround
Chicago Public Schools has recently announced its intent to close 54 schoolsin Chicago, and turn over 7 more to AUSL to undergo turnaround. Six NorthLawndale schools will be impacted as follows:
Bethune will close, and students will go to Gregory
Chalmers will be taken over by AUSL and turned around
Henson will close, and students will go to Hughes
Mason High School will close
Paderewski School will close, and students will go to Castellano andCardenas
Pope will close, and students will go to Johnson
Save NorthLawndale Schools
Volume 1 | Issue 1 | April 5, 2013
 An update on North Lawndale school closings. Published by the Committee to Save North Lawndale SchoolsCompiled by Valerie F. Leonard 
Save Our Schools
Chalmers students protest at arecent public meeting on schoolclosings. (left) Chalmers hasmade significant improvementover the past three years,without being taken over. CPShas recently recommended thatthe school be taken over by AUSL. This means that allteachers and the currentprincipal will be fired andreplaced with younger teachersand staff. AUSL teachers tendto have about 3 yearsexperience. Photo: Daily Kos
West Side Elected Officials, Community LeadersUnveil Alternative Plan to School Closures
The Committee to Save North Lawndale Schools recentlyreleased an alternative plan to school closures at the Better BoysFoundation as CPS released a list of 54 schools to be closed."We need to look at ways the community can utilize the buildingswhile the school remains open", said Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele, whose 2nd District includes the North Lawndalecommunity. " The City is looking at divesting itself of more than$600 million in educational assets." The North Lawndalecommunity could lose 5 schools, for a total capital disinvestmentof $86 million, and $20 million per year in annual operatingfunding. Half of North Lawndale's neighborhood schools wouldclose. Henson will merge into Hughes; Paderewski will close;Bethune will merge into Gregory; Pope will merge into Johnson;Mason High School will close; Chalmers will be a turnaroundschool. The committee is concerned about the potential negativeimpacts of massive school closings, including interruptions instudent achievement; increased student mobility and dropoutrates; exacerbated blight conditions; reduced property values;increased vandalism and violence.The Committee to Save North Lawndale Schools will create acommunity schools collaborative to work with schools and theNorth Lawndale Community Advisory Council to strengthen localschools' ability to deliver favorable academic outcomes whileserving as bona fide community centers focusing on the needs of the family, students and community members. The collaborativewill 1) develop programming that will reduce truancy anddelinquency and cut the pipeline from school to prison; 2)enhance health, fitness and nutrition for students and their families, eradicate the food desert and expand opportunities for healthy eating and positive lifestyle changes; 3) augment theschool curricula with workforce development training that willprovide students with exposure to career choices inmanufacturing, technology, health and the trades, beginning atthe elementary school level; 4) provide basic skills and workforcetraining and development opportunities for parents 5) provideoutlets for sports and recreation, arts and culture. The planincludes a proposed structure, implementation schedule andbudget. The estimated startup cost for the initiative is $322,000,not including in-kind contributions from collaborative partners.The collaborative will be looking to create win-win alternativesthat will ease the financial burden of school operations whilecreating greater synergies between the City, Chicago PublicSchools, Chicago Public Libraries, City Colleges, the ChicagoPark District, Chicago Police Department, elected officials,community based organizations, local residents, parents andstudents. We welcome community based organizations, smallbusinesses (as appropriate),clinics, etc. to rent space in schoolbuildings, subject to approval of principals, LSC's and theschools' plans for improvement. The collaborative alsorecommends the conversion of classroom space to librarieswhere possible.The Committee to Save North Lawndale Schools (CSNLS) iscomprised of North Lawndale stakeholders who have cometogether to provide an alternative plan to avert school closings.Members of the ad hoc committee include elected officials, localcommunity-based organizations, and engaged individuals . Todate, the group consists of the following members: CongressmanDanny K. Davis, Representative Arthur Turner, Commissioner Robert Steele, Alderman Michael Chandler, Dan Cantrell,Congressman Danny K. Davis' Office; David Evers,Commissioner Robert Steele's Office; Trina Mangrum, AldermanChandler's Office; Dr. Betty Green, North Lawndale Community Advisory Council;Darren Tillis, North Lawndale Community Advisory Council;Debra Wesley, Sinai Community Institute, Annetta Wilson,Sankofa Safe Child Initiative; Mary Visconti, Better BoysFoundation; Sherneron Hilliard, Family Focus-Lawndale; MichaelTrout, Y-MEN, Billy Brooks, Better Boys Foundation; LorenzoO'Bryant, Family Focus-Lawndale, Michelle Young, Action Now;Gladys Woodson 4300 West 21st Place Block Club; Willie MaeBowling, 4200 West Cullerton Block Club; Windy Pearson, ActionNow; Mariame Kaba, Project Nia; Cheryl Francis, Chicago AreaProject; Valerie F. Leonard, Lawndale Alliance; Willie Cole, NorthLawndale Supporter; Margaret Davis, Lawndale Resident;Nicole "Nikki" Harvey, Eden Advocacy CDC/ WSBNAACP,Bernard Clay, WSBNAACP; Cynthia Williams, Sinai CommunityInstitute; William Riley, Eden Advocacy CDC; Katie Russell,Better Boys Foundation; Wayne Stiles, Better Boys Foundation;Benjamin Bedenfield, Y-MEN; Xavier Ramey, Y-MEN. Any questions regarding the plan may be directed to Valerie F.Leonard at 773-521-3137, or  valeriefleonard@msn.com. Let us know if you would like us to come to your school, church or community group to provide an overview of the plan.Download a copy of the planhttp://www.scribd.com/doc/131737347/North-Lawndale- Alternative-Plan
Public Meetings
Congressman Danny K. Davis,Congressman Bobby L. Rush to HostPublic Hearings on Chicago SchoolClosures
Saturday, April 20, 20139:00 am-1:00 pmDirksen Federal Building219 S Dearborn(at Adams St)Contact: Cherita Logan at 773-533-7520
Public Notice of Upcoming Meeting of the Chicago Educational FacilitiesTask Force:
The IL General Assembly's CEFTF will hold the next "SecondMondays" Joint Meeting of its School Actions and Master Planning Subcommittees:
MONDAY, APRIL 8TH, 2013 - 9:30 AMBILANDIC STATE OFFICE BUILDING160 N. LaSalle, 5th Floor - Room N-505Chicago, IL
 Please see the attached Meeting Notice and Agenda.http://www.scribd.com/doc/134077534/Ceftf-Sa-Mp-04-08-13-Mtg-Notice-Agenda-2
North Lawndale SchoolPublic Meetings
 As promised, the CAC will
to support these schoolsand is requesting that all of our members continue their support. The next public meetings are as listed below.
Henson Community MeetingsMonday - April 8 and Thursday,
April 11, 2013Manley High School7:30pm
Henson Public HearingThursday, April 25, 20138:00 pm
10:00 pm
CPS - Central Office 125 S. Clark
Pope Community MeetingsTuesday
April 9, 2012 and Saturday, April 13, 2013
Manley High School5:00pm
Pope Public Hearing
April 19, 201210:00am
12:00 noon - CPS
Central Office 125 S. Clark
Chalmers School-Public Hearing Only
May 2, 2012CPS
Central Office 125 S. ClarkSave these dates so we can continue the kind of support thatwe have given all
the schools. I know it’s quite
a fewmeetings, but we have come too far to stop now.--Betty Allen Green, PhD, North Lawndale CAC Co-Chair 
Press Conferences
The Lawndale Alliance, Save Our Neighborhood SchoolsCoalition, Raise Your Hand Illinois, Committee to Save NorthLawndale Schools and a number of other community coalitionshave participated in a number of press conferences andactions to raise awareness of the issue of school closures inNorth Lawndale, Austin and Humboldt Park. To date, we havesponsored a press conference to unveil an alternative plan toschool closures; participated in a press conference to save theMay School in Austin; organized a press conference to saveChalmers from being taken over by AUSL. Here are links tosome of the stories that have resulted from our efforts.
Teachers, Parents & Students Protest CPS'Plan To Turnaround Chalmers Elementary
Neighborhood walk-through revealsdangers for CPS students
Chicago to Close 54 Schools toAddress $1Billion Deficit
http://news.yahoo.com/chicago-close-54-schools-address-1b-deficit-220214516.html(This story was carried in over 300newspapers across the country.)
A Sign of Stability
North Lawndale Stakeholders ReleaseAlternative Plan To School Closures

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