Two things seem to be on the minds of most parents whose kids attend Chicago Public Schools: A longer school day and school closings; both of which came up at Wednesday's school board meeting. The meeting was much more subdued than last month's, which was taken over by Occupy protestors.
Chicago Public Schools will hold hearings just about every night this week on a slate of schools the district wants to close or phase out. School closings are controversial every year. And this year has been no different--but there have been some new twists to the controversy.
From a contentious Board of Education meeting to the phasing out of a coveted magnet school in Lincoln Park/Old Town, this week and last has been a big moment for Chicago's schools system.Board of Education Meeting gets 'Occupied'WBEZ's education reporter Linda Lutton reported from
This year Chicago Public Schools announced plans to close, turnaround or phase out over 15 schools. If the latest round is approved, Chicago will have shut down or turned around more than 100 schools over the last decade.
Nearly a decade ago, Chicago Public Schools announced it would shut down three chronically low-performing schools-Williams, Dodge and Terrell. It was Chicago's introduction to "renaissance," to the hope that an entirely new staff- or even some entity other than the school distric
The Chicago Education Facilities Task Force is slamming a Chicago Public Schools plan to close and turnaround some struggling schools. The task force exists to gather feedback from all stake-holders in school facility related decisions.
Chicago Public Schools unveiled a list of so-called school actions this week, including 10 school turnarounds, replacing the entire staff with new faces.Some schools will be closed outright and others will be what CPS calls "phased out," which means no new students will be accepted; as current stude
Chicago Public Schools is trying some controversial strategies to improve under-performing schools. CPS announced Wednesday that it wants to close two elementary schools and phase out two under-performing high schools.