Chicago Public schools to close 61 buildings, lay off some staff

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non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Mar 22, 2013
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-03-22...

School closings' impact: 30,000 kids

Plan would shutter 61 buildings

March 22, 2013|By Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah and Bob Secter, Chicago Tribune reporters

With Chicago Public Schools facing a financial meltdown, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration on Thursday targeted 61 school buildings for closing, unleashing a torrent of criticism from anxious parents, children and teachers as well as aldermen.

Officials said the shutdowns would affect 30,000 students, almost all in kindergarten through eighth grade and most now attending poorly performing schools in African-American neighborhoods on the South and West sides where enrollment has sagged in recent years.

Prodded by Emanuel, officials have been working for months to downsize the facility footprint of the district, which they say faces a $1 billion projected deficit next year. "We have resources that are spread much too thin," said Todd Babbitz, the district's chief transformation officer.

Savings from closing schools, though, won't kick in immediately. Officials estimate school upgrades and enhanced security and other transition costs will add $233 million to expenses in the short term, most of it paid for through bond debt at a time when the district's credit rating has dropped. Some of the increased costs will also be covered by staff cuts from schools that close.

Over the next decade, however, CPS projects savings of $560 million from the closings.

But for many parents and children, Thursday's announcement means only that they're being displaced from familiar neighborhood schools and will face in some cases longer — and scarier — walks to class over busy streets that crisscross competing gang territories.

Outside Overton Elementary in the Bronzeville neighborhood, Jayshawn Vinson, 10, said he was both sad and scared to learn that next year he will be moving to Mollison Elementary, a walk of nearly a mile from his old school, and on busy Martin Luther King Drive.

"People there may be fighting," said the fourth-grader. "They may be shooting. I don't know what will happen in the neighborhood."

The math behind the shutdown announcement is confusing, but it breaks down this way: The district plans to close 52 elementary schools at the end of this school year and another, Attucks in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood, over two years. Another school will lose its high school program.

Separately, 11 facilities were targeted for what in educator-speak is called "co-locations," essentially existing schools put under one roof. Some, but not all, will involve shutting buildings.

In addition, six more poorly performing schools were designated as so-called "turnarounds" where the buildings remain open but the faculty and staff are replaced en masse.

Pressed to hit the total button on the number of facility closings, officials pegged it at 61. That comes to nearly 13 percent of all elementary and middle schools in the district.

Thursday's announcement came as Emanuel was vacationing with his family at a ski area in Utah, a fact not lost on his critics. "Today, a vacationing Mayor Rahm Emanuel is sending our school district into utter chaos," read a statement from the Chicago Teachers Union, which fought the mayor in a seven-day strike last fall.

The Academy for Urban School Leadership, a politically connected nonprofit that already has taken over 25 schools in staff overhauls, will lose one school in the shake-up. At the same time, however, AUSL will be handed six additional schools to run.

Charters, which Emanuel also frequently touts, will also profit from the move to merge schools. Altogether, six charters will be allowed to expand or open new campuses in underenrolled neighborhood schools, including some high schools.
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Mar 22, 2013
I guess Karen Lewis and the teachers' union got their way in the strike last fall, more money for teachers, less money for schools.
Consistent

Grantsburg, WI

#3 Mar 22, 2013
Since about 50% of the Indoctinees in the Chicago Schools graduate Illiterate, 61 school closings may not be enough.

But...We the people allow the Defectives to vote!
Consistent

Grantsburg, WI

#4 Mar 22, 2013
NOTHING in Amerika has more responsibility for our Nations Decline than the Government Schools and the Unionista's that eat at the Public Trough which We the People keep filled, for the Greedy Feminists that are overpaid as "Teachers (gag) who are destroying America as a Nation of Laws.

The Feminist agenda in the Government Schools is emasculating young boys, and masculating young girls.

Sexism as practiced by the Feminists is Legal and elevated as Good.

Imagine the celebration that would fill the halls of academia if a Male played on the "Girls" Volleyball Team, or the "Girls" Basketball team?

The cheers of "He can do anything as good as the girls" would be National News, and the boys could scream, "It is about time a boy got to play on the girls teams!"

God save us from our Communist Schools controlled and dominated by Unionista's!
PHD2

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Mar 22, 2013
Some staff to be layed off.

61 schools:
61 principals,
61 assistant principals,
400 janitors,
61 receptionists,
400 cooks,
61 counsulers,
400 bus drivers,
61 guards,

Estimated 1,566 total reductions
FTE cost $100,000
Savings $156,600,000 $156 Million/year
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#6 Mar 22, 2013
All those Bush tax cuts coming home to roost....
PHD2

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Mar 22, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
All those Bush tax cuts coming home to roost....
And the reason for closing the schools is that they are 1/2 empty.

Seems this is a good move for Chicago taxpayers.
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Mar 22, 2013
PHD2 wrote:
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And the reason for closing the schools is that they are 1/2 empty.
Seems this is a good move for Chicago taxpayers.
A good move and a good start.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#10 Mar 22, 2013
Sure, close schools and let American children's education suffer....
Bushwhacker

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Mar 22, 2013
non-starter wrote:
I guess Karen Lewis and the teachers' union got their way in the strike last fall, more money for teachers, less money for schools.
good start hiring NON union teaches, they the system will have success.
PHD2

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Mar 22, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
Sure, close schools and let American children's education suffer....
These schools are graduating .00000000000000000000000001% of their kids anyway.

Provide grants for kids to attend private schools if you want the kids to excell.

DeLaSalle is a good example. A private school in Minneapolis doing a wonderfull job at educating blacks. Something public schools consistantly fail at.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#13 Mar 22, 2013
If you're going to simply lie, why bother nut-so guy...
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Mar 22, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
If you're going to simply lie, why bother nut-so guy...


CPS to Hit Highest Graduation Rate on Record This School Year

District Gains Momentum with Steady Increases over the Past Five Years

June 9, 2012

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Jean-Claude Brizard today announced that the current school year will mark the highest recorded graduation rate for the District, which is projected at 60.6 percent. The District has seen steady increases in graduation rates over the past five years.

“This increase in our graduation rate tells a powerful story about CPS and the contributions of our hard working teachers and principals,” said CEO Brizard.“These results are impressive, but we have more work to do in ensuring that every child in our District graduates ready for college and career. Our efforts around the Full School Day next fall will provide additional tools and supports for our teachers and principals to better position them in boosting the academic success of our students.”


Nice, Chicago Public Schools only throws approximately 40% of it's students' educations away. What a great district.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#15 Mar 22, 2013
So, your partisan pal is a LIAR ????
PHD2

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Mar 22, 2013
non-starter wrote:
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CPS to Hit Highest Graduation Rate on Record This School Year
District Gains Momentum with Steady Increases over the Past Five Years
June 9, 2012
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Jean-Claude Brizard today announced that the current school year will mark the highest recorded graduation rate for the District, which is projected at 60.6 percent. The District has seen steady increases in graduation rates over the past five years.
“This increase in our graduation rate tells a powerful story about CPS and the contributions of our hard working teachers and principals,” said CEO Brizard.“These results are impressive, but we have more work to do in ensuring that every child in our District graduates ready for college and career. Our efforts around the Full School Day next fall will provide additional tools and supports for our teachers and principals to better position them in boosting the academic success of our students.”
Nice, Chicago Public Schools only throws approximately 40% of it's students' educations away. What a great district.
What grade is a 60%?

FAIL!!
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Mar 22, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
So, your partisan pal is a LIAR ????
So a graduation rate of 60.6%, a record for CPS is a great achievement? Nice how you equate throwing away 40% of the incoming students as a model for success.

As for your definitions of lies, you might want to look up the definition of the words "exaggeration" and "anal retentive".
PHD2

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Mar 22, 2013
40% of Chicago public school teachers send their kids to private schools. The other 60% don't have school age kids.

WHAT does that tell you?

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/09/15/almost-...
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#19 Mar 22, 2013
It tells me, your lie and "source" don't match up....
Bridgework

Lincoln, NE

#20 Mar 22, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
All those Bush tax cuts coming home to roost....
Schools are mostly paid by state and local taxes with some federal money. How much less federal money did they get because of the Bush tax cuts?
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#21 Mar 22, 2013
Burn the illness away, destroy all the public schools.

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