School Closings

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.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about the Chicago teachers' strike at City Hall, following a City Council meeting on Sept. 12, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Mayor Emanuel Breaks His Silence On School Closings

They called him a racist. They called him the “Murder Mayor.” After two days of silence, Mayor Rahm Emanuel finally speaks about the decision to close 53 Chicago public schools.


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Some Hard Lessons Learned From Other School Closings

The closing of more than 50 Chicago public schools will affect nearly 30,000 students–the largest single-year school closing in U.S. history.


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Parents At One Closing School Ask For More Time

Parents and students at the schools CPS plans to close are wondering how much their input actually matters.


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Study: School Closings Won’t Help CPS Students

A study by Chicago area university professors has found, if history is any guide, the Chicago Public Schools’ plan to close 53 schools will fail when all is said and done.

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The Case For Closing CPS Schools

Administrators with Chicago Public Schools have released a detailed document explaining why each of the 53 schools targeted for closing made the list.


Opponents of the Chicago Public Schools' plan to close 53 schools protest outside May Elementary Academy on the West Side, one of the schools targeted for closure. (Credit: CBS)

School Closing Opponents Call Mayor A Racist Liar

The Chicago Public Schools’ plan to close 53 schools and 61 buildings, mostly in black neighborhoods, has some West Side residents vowing to fight the Emanuel administration until the end.


Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle discusses Chicago Public Schools plans to close about 50 schools at the end of the school year. (Credit: CBS)

Preckwinkle: ‘Very Disturbing’ That CPS Planning To Close About 50 Schools

Cook County Board Preident Toni Preckwinkle said Thursday she is troubled that the Chicago Public Schools reportedly plan to close about 50 schools this year.

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CPS To Close A Total Of 53 Schools, 61 Buildings

Chicago Public Schools will close 54 school programs and 61 buildings in an effort to close a $1 billion budget deficit.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2013

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CPS To Announce Closing Of About 50 Schools

CPS will announce the closing of around 50 schools between now and March 31. CPS has told some alderman on the Education Committee.


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CPS Pledges To Invest In Schools That Receive Students From Closings

As the Chicago Public Schools prepares to announce its final list of schools that will be closed or consolidated at the end of the school year, district officials were promising investments for schools that receive affected students.

CBS Chicago–03/20/2013

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Byrd-Bennett: Children Suffer More If Low-Enrollment Schools Left Open

The head of the Chicago Public Schools said Tuesday, despite what critics say, closing some underused or poorly performing schools would be better for the children in them in the long run.

WBBM Newsradio–03/19/2013

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Teachers Head To Springfield To Urge Halt To School Closings

A group of about 50 teachers, parents and students from the Chicago Public Schools boarded a bus to Springfield Tuesday morning, to make their voices heard about school closings.


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Mayor Denies Discrimination In School Closing Plans

Mayor Rahm Emanuel seemed unfazed Thursday by a newspaper report showing nine out of ten students attending the Chicago public schools targeted for closure are African Americans.

WBBM Newsradio–03/07/2013

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Local Charity Offers Millions To Avoid Catholic School Closures

A local charity is offering millions of dollars to the Archdiocese of Chicago, in an effort to prevent more Catholic schools from closing in the future.

CBS Chicago–03/07/2013

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Commision Finds CPS Has Capacity To Close Or Consolidate 80 Schools

The Commission on School Utilization issued it’s final report today, stating that Chicago Public Schools has the capacity to consolidate approximately 80 schools rather than the 129 it initially reported.


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CPS Wants To Close Two Low-Performing Charter Schools

Aspira Charter School’s Mirta Ramirez high school campus on the Northwest Side and Betty Shabazz Charter School’s DuSable campus on the South Side are being recommended for closure through a phase-out process.


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Community Meetings On School Closings Continue This Week

The head of the Chicago Public Schools is urging parents and others to make their voices heard at meetings this week on which schools might have to be closed.


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McCarthy: Cops Can Protect Students ‘Crossing Gang Boundaries’

Police can safeguard students “crossing gang boundaries” to get to new schools after their Chicago Public Schools are closed, but there’s a “lot of work to do to make it happen,” Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Thursday.


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Facing Massive Deficit, Chicago To Consider Closing 129 Schools

Chicago Public Schools administrators are considering closing more than 100 schools as the system faces declining enrollment and huge budget deficits.