School Closures

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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

School Board Vote

Teachers Furious After Board Votes To Close, Overhaul Schools

The Chicago Teachers Union is slamming the School Board, after the board approved a plan to close seven public schools next year and stage “turnarounds” for 10 others.

CBS Chicago–02/23/2012

School Protest

Parents Protest Plans To Restructure Schools

As the Chicago School Board gets set to vote on a plan to restructure failing schools, opponents staged a candlelight vigil Monday.

CBS Chicago–02/21/2012

Protesters rally outside Marquette Elementary School, in a Martin Luther King Day protest against plans to "turn around" Marquette and 9 other schools by firing and replacing all of the schools' teachers and staff. (Credit: CBS)

Protesters Rally Against CPS Changes For Next Year

Demonstrators staged a Martin Luther King Day protest outside a public school in the Marquette Park neighborhood on Monday to speak out against planned changes in the Chicago Public Schools system.

CBS Chicago–01/16/2012

Parents of Chicago Public Schools students protest outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office on Dec. 19, 2011, demanding a halt to plans to close several schools next year. (Credit: CBS)

Parents Want Mayor To Halt School Closures, Meet With Them First

Parents of Chicago Public Schools students gathered outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office Monday to demand he hold off on plans to close or overhaul several public schools and meet with them.

WBBM Newsradio–12/19/2011

School Board Protest

Shouting Protesters Drive Chicago School Board To Halt Meeting

A Chicago School Board meeting was suspended Wednesday morning, as angry protesters jumped up and shouted about plans to close and consolidate some schools.

CBS Chicago–12/14/2011

CPS Protest

Teachers Demand To Be Heard Protesting School Closures

Rainy weather did not impede Chicago Public Schools teachers from continuing their fight against planned school closures into the early morning hours.

CBS Chicago–12/14/2011

Protesters staged a rally outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters on Dec. 13, 2011, a day ahead of a school board meeting to discuss plans to close, consolidate or make other drastic changes at 18 schools next year. Some protesters planned to stay overnight to be first in line to get into the board meeting. (Credit: CBS)

Protesters Stage Sit-In At CPS Ahead Of Meeting On School Closures

More than 500 people jammed the sidewalk in front of the Chicago Public Schools’ downtown headquarters for a 90-minute rally Tuesday night and a handful were determined to stay the night to be first in line for Wednesday’s school board meeting.

CBS Chicago–12/13/2011

Jean-Claude Brizard

Brizard: Some Schools Are Too ‘Far Gone’ To Save

Chicago Public Schools chief executive officer Jean-Claude Brizard says the system has no choice but to close some schools because they “are so far gone that you cannot save them.”

CBS Chicago–12/01/2011

CPS Classroom

CPS Plans To Shutter 2 Elementary Schools, Phase Out 2 High Schools

Chicago Public Schools officials are planning to close two elementary schools next fall and phase out two high schools as part of a major overhaul of schools in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first year leading the district.

CBS Chicago–11/30/2011

Chicago Public Schools

CPS Makes New Push To Close, Consolidate Failing Schools

Chicago Public Schools could be in for another round of closures and consolidations.

10/26/2011

CPS Meeting

Parents, Teachers Sound Off On School Closing Plans

Emotions ran high Monday night at a special meeting designed to talk about the Chicago Public Schools’ latest plan to consolidate or close several schools.

CBS Chicago–03/29/2011