School Closings

Parents and students rally outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters on Aug. 28, 2013, to protest school closings and budget cuts. Several students boycotted class to attend the protest. (Credit: CBS)

CPS Approves Budget Cuts; Dozens Of Students Boycott School

About 200 people — including 20 to 30 students — rallied outside Chicago Public Schools on Wednesday, as the Board of Education was meeting to approve the district’s annual budget.

08/28/2013

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New School Year Brings Lots Of Changes For CPS Students

A new chapter begins for the Chicago Public Schools this morning, following major budget cuts and the closings of dozens of schools.

08/26/2013

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New Chapter For CPS Begins Monday With First Day Of School

A new chapter in Chicago Public School history begins Monday, as thousands of kids will begin classes at schools they’ve never attended. On Sunday, many of them celebrated. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley spent the day with families preparing for the first day of classes.

08/25/2013

Trumbull Elementary School, one of 49 grade schools shuttered by the Chicago Public Schools this summer. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Names Panel To Decide Fate Of Shuttered School Buildings

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is appointing an advisory committee to decide what to do with nearly 50 shuttered Chicago Public Schools that residents fear could be turned into charter schools, or sit vacant and become magnets for crime.

08/23/2013

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Expanded Safe Passage Program To Be Ready For First Day Of School

City officials were putting the finishing touches on the new Safe Passage routes for Chicago Public Schools students, and said they’re ready for the first day of class a week from Monday.

08/16/2013

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U.S. Judge Refuses To Halt Chicago School Closings

A federal judge says he won’t order a halt to school closings in Chicago.

08/15/2013

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Judge Denies Class-Action Status In School Closing Lawsuits

The majority of the nearly 50 Chicago elementary schools slated for closure will likely proceed after a federal judge denied class-action status to the two main civil lawsuits at the center of a dispute pitting parents and education officials.

08/12/2013

A Safe Passage worker staffs one of the dozens of routes set up to safely get kids to and from school. (Credit: CBS)

City Releases Maps Of New Safe Passage Routes For Schools

Several schools have been using Safe Passage routes since 2011, but now 59 additional schools will receive the same support, including the welcoming schools for students from 48 elementary schools that were closed in June.

08/09/2013

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Judge Denies Request By Parents To Keep 10 Schools Open

A Cook County judge Wednesday rejected an attempt by parents, backed by the teachers union, to reverse the closing of 10 of the 50 schools being shuttered by the Chicago Board of Education.

07/31/2013

A City of Chicago sign that marks a safe passage route for Chicago Public School students. (Credit: City Of Chicago)

CPS Ramping Up ‘Safe Passage’ Program To Protect Transfer Students

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker takes a closer look at the critical role the workers will play in keeping students safe.

07/29/2013

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Teachers’ Union Slams CPS For ‘Devastating’ Cuts, Layoffs

A month before the new school year starts, protestors from the Chicago Teacher’s Union were expressing outrage over budget cuts at the Chicago Public Schools, with a protest march through the Loop.

WBBM Newsradio–07/24/2013

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Hearing Begins On School Closing Lawsuits

A federal judge has begun a hearing on two lawsuits seeking to block plans to close 49 elementary schools, with testimony expected to last for up to four days.

07/16/2013

Protestors outside Sexton Elementary. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Frustrated By School Closings, Protestors Turn To Registering Voters

Some South Side families demonstrated against school closings – and helped register a few people to vote – hoping that anger against Mayor Emanuel for closing schools will translate into votes against him.

06/24/2013

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19 More Elementary Schools To Close For Good Today

It’s a bittersweet final day for thousands of students at Chicago Public Schools; at 19 elementary schools, it’s the last day of class before they close for good.

06/24/2013

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Parents Occupy Classroom To Protest School Closings

Parents took over a classroom at Lafayette Elementary to protest the city’s plan to shut down the school after this year.

06/19/2013

Anthony Overton Elementary School is one of 28 schools set to close for good in Chicago on June 19, 2013. Another 19 schools will close for good on June 24, while two more will close in 2014 and 2015. (Credit: CBS)

Final Bell Rings For Last Time At 28 Schools Today

Wednesday marks the beginning of school closings in Chicago, with 28 elementary schools preparing for their final day of class before they close for good.

06/19/2013

Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis speaks about education reform at a City Club of Chicago luncheon. (Credit: CBS)

Lewis Points Finger At ‘Rich White People’ For School Problems

A day before the first set of school closings was set to begin, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis had some harsh words about how the Chicago Public Schools are funded and managed, blaming much of the district’s problems on racism.

CBS Chicago–06/19/2013

Parents and teachers protest outside a speaking engagement of Barbara Byrd-Bennett. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Parents, Teachers Protest Outside Speaking Event Of Schools CEO Byrd-Bennett

Parents and students protested earlier this evening outside of speaking engagement by the head of Chicago Public Schools, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

06/18/2013

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Parents Protest School Budget Cuts, Seek State Audit Of CPS Budget

Claiming the move to close 49 elementary schools won’t save any money, opponents of the Emanuel administration’s plans protested outside CPS headquarters on Monday, asking state leaders to step in.

06/17/2013

Chicago police officers, along with volunteers from the community, provide security at Cook Elementary School and other Chicago Public Schools under the Safe Passage Program, to make sure kids can get to and from school safely. (Credit: CBS)

City To Hire 600 Workers For Safe Passage Routes After School Closings

City and Chicago Public Schools officials said Friday they’re working with police and parents to designate hot spots where safety is an issue and there could be trouble as kids go to new schools next fall.

06/14/2013

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