School Closings

Protesters outside CPS headquarters on Wednesday. (Credit: Susanna Song/CBS)

Students Skipping Mandatory Test To Protest School Closings

They are supposed to be taking a mandatory state test today, but about 100 CPS high school students instead were boycotting the test and protesting outside Wednesday’s school board meeting.

04/24/2013

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Welcoming Schools To Have ‘Children Ambassadors’ For Kids From Closed Schools

As Chicago Public Schools officials get closer to closing more than 50 elementary schools, they were releasing new details Tuesday on how they plan to tackle one of the most sensitive issues: blending two schools into one.

CBS 2–04/23/2013

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis discusses the union's plans to increase political activity, including seeking candidates to support in the race for mayor and alderman in 2015. (Credit: CBS)

Lewis: Emanuel, CPS Can’t Be Trusted On School Closing Promises

As the plan to close more than 50 Chicago Public Schools moves forward, the head of the Chicago Teachers Union said she has numerous examples of what can go wrong, and has gone wrong with previous school closings and consolidations.

WBBM Newsradio–04/19/2013

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CPS Boss: Special Needs Students Will Keep Teachers After School Closings

The head of the Chicago Public School system has been trying to reassure parents of students with special needs that they won’t suffer if their current schools are consolidated or closed.

WBBM Newsradio–04/11/2013

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School Closing Opponents Stage Protest Walks On West Side

Parents upset with the Emanuel administration’s plan to close 53 public schools at the end of the school year took their anger to the streets Tuesday in the East Garfield Park neighborhood.

04/09/2013

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Activists Call For Boycott Of CPS Meetings

Activists fighting the mayor’s plan to close more than fifty schools, mostly in black neighborhoods, are urging people to boycott the public meetings being held for the individual schools, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

04/06/2013

Chicago Public Schools

Parents Get Chance To Sound-Off On School Closings At CPS Meetings

Dozens of Chicago Public Schools are slated to close come August and today many parents get a chance to sound-off in front of district leaders since news of the closings came last month.

04/06/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel defends the Chicago Public Schools' plan to close 53 schools at the end of the school year. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Emanuel Backs Schools Chief ‘100 Percent’ On School Closings

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was applauding Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett for blasting her critics who labeled the district’s school closing plan “racist.”

WBBM Newsradio–04/05/2013

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Teachers Union Bus Tour Puts Spotlight On Impact Of School Closings

Singing the civil rights anthem “Woke Up This Morning,” Congressman Bobby Rush called it “The Freedom Bus.”

CBS Chicago–04/04/2013

Opponents of plans to close 53 public schools at the end of the school year protest outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters on April 3, 2013, during a Board of Education meeting to discuss the plans. (Credit: CBS)

School Closings Plan Prompts Rancor At City Council, Board Of Ed Hearings

Aldermen grilled Chicago Public Schools officials and Chicago Teachers Union members Wednesday, over the plan to close 53 schools at the end of the school year, while the head of the school district answered critics at a Board of Education meeting.

CBS Chicago–04/03/2013

Piccolo Elementary School. (Credit CBS)

Turnaround Leads To Success At Chicago School

In addition to the more than 50 schools targeted for closing, six more are on the turnaround list. What does that mean? New leadership, new teachers, and as Dorothy Tucker reports, a new attitude that can equal success.

04/02/2013

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African-American Business Leaders Support School Closings Plan

A group of African-American business leaders is standing solidly behind Chicago Public Schools officials plan to close and consolidate some schools, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

04/02/2013

Parents of public school students gather outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office at City Hall, to urge him to walk the same routes their kids will have to walk if dozens of schools are closed, and kids are sent to unfamiliar schools. The parents say those routes often pose a danger of gang violence. (Credit: CBS)

Parents Want Mayor To ‘Walk The Walk’ On School Closings, And Take Same Routes As Kids

Parents opposed to the Emanuel administration’s plans to close dozens of public schools urged the mayor to walk the same routes they and their children would have to take to get to new schools, routes they claim often pose a danger of gang violence.

WBBM Newsradio–04/02/2013

Karen Lewis

Karen Lewis Blasts School Officials At Rainbow-Push Meeting

To hear Chicago Teacher’s Union President Karen Lewis tell it, we should believe nothing that the mayor and school officials say about the plan to close more than fifty schools. She spoke at the Rainbow-Push Coalition this morning, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

03/30/2013

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3 Ways Teachers Can Blow Off Rahm-Induced Stress

A few ways teachers can take that crushing anguish they’ve acquired while fighting for their communities and relieve it just the tiniest bit.

03/28/2013

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Chicago Ministers Call For Moratorium On School Closings

More than a dozen ministers from the South and West sides delivered a letter to Mayor Emanuel’s office calling for a year-long moratorium on school closings.

03/27/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses plans to close more than 50 public schools, at an unrelated event in Chicago on March 27, 2013. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Emanuel Shrugs Off ‘Murder Mayor’ Label Given By Teachers’ Union Boss

Mayor Rahm Emanuel staunchly defended his administration’s plan to close more than 50 schools, as well as the head of the Chicago Public Schools, as thousands planned to gather downtown to protest school closings.

CBS Chicago–03/27/2013

Chicago Police made arrested protestors staging a sit-down protest on LaSalle Street.

Police Detain 127 Protesters After Sit-In At Rally Opposing School Closings

Protesters filled Daley Plaza, marched through the Loop and rallied again in front of School board headquarters to protest the board’s plan to close 53 schools on Wednesday. More than 100 of those protesters were detained and ticketed after staging a sit-in outside City Hall.

CBS Chicago–03/27/2013

Chicago Public Schools students rally outside City Hall to protest plans to close 53 schools and 61 buildings at the end of the school year. (Credit: CBS)

Students March From CPS Offices To City Hall To Protest School Closings

Students from Chicago Public Schools slated to close at the end of the school year and other opponents of school closings rallied in the Loop on Monday to voice their outrage over plans to close or consolidate 53 schools and 61 buildings.

03/25/2013

Mount Vernon Elementary School in the Washington Heights neighborhood would be the "welcoming school" for students from nearby Marcus Garvey Elementary School, which is targeted for closing by the Chicago Public Schools. (Credit: CBS)

A Study In Contrasts For CPS School Closings In Washington Heights Neighborhood

They’re less than five blocks apart; two Chicago public schools, each more empty than full. Now, one has been marked for closing, stirring controversy in the Washington Heights neighborhood.

CBS 2–03/25/2013

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