WBEZ | schools closings http://www.wbez.org/tags/schools-closings Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en More than 20 percent of city public schools on list for potential closure http://www.wbez.org/news/more-20-percent-city-public-schools-list-potential-closure-105519 <p><div class="image-insert-image ">Of the 681 Chicago Public Schools, 129 are still eligible for closure at the end of the academic year.</div><p>CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett made the announcement just hours before another round of community meetings began and gave no indication how many schools will ultimately be shuttered.</p><p>Schools removed from the list still aren&rsquo;t in the clear. They could end up being impacted in other ways, such as welcoming students from a closed school or being turned around, a controversial process in which the entire staff is fired but students remain.</p><p>One of the criteria for removing schools from the list were if they recently were impacted, but four schools turned around at the start of this school year remain--Herzl, Fuller, Stagg and Piccolo. Byrd-Bennett did not say when the district would announce the schools it plans to turn around.</p><p>High schools, schools with more than 600 students and schools that are close to being considered &ldquo;efficient&rdquo; were removed from consideration, though Byrd-Bennett said there may be exceptions if a building is in disrepair.</p><p>Most of the criteria closely aligned with recommendations put out last month by a commission appointed by Byrd-Bennett late last year.</p><p>Schools still eligible for closure (by community area) are listed and mapped below.</p><p>The south and west sides of the city have been impacted the most in previous years and again make up the majority of the schools on the list.</p><p>&ldquo;We are actually looking at a poverty index,&rdquo; said Barbara Radner, director of the Center for Urban Education at DePaul University and a long time CPS observer. She said the list isn&rsquo;t surprising and basically comes down to the district crunching numbers.</p><p>Wendy Katten, executive director of the parent advocacy group Raise Your Hand, said some of the schools &ldquo;have no business being on this list,&rdquo; because the district isn&rsquo;t capturing all the nuances in their utilization numbers.</p><p>&ldquo;Some of these schools have a huge special education population. I was at one today that had a special education population of 37 percent and they didn&rsquo;t have any empty rooms,&rdquo; Katten said of Trumball Elementary on the city&rsquo;s north side.</p><p>Chicago Teachers&rsquo; Union head Karen Lewis says every time children switch schools, they can fall behind by as much as six months.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve just seen this movie so many times. It would be nice for them to figure out how to educate children without disrupting their lives,&rdquo; Lewis said.</p><p>Lewis doesn&rsquo;t want any schools to close.</p><p>At a meeting on the West Side Wednesday night, parents, staff and students from schools across Austin and North Lawndale shouted down CPS officials, chanting &ldquo;No school closings!&rdquo; and &ldquo;Save our schools!&rdquo;</p><p>Sixteen of the schools in the Austin-North Lawndale area are still on the possible closure list. It&rsquo;s the most of any geographic network in CPS. The hearing was at House of Prayer Church of God in Christ and lasted for three hours.</p><p>There will be two more meetings this week--tonight, February 14 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Olive Harvey College, 10001 S. Woodlawn and Saturday, February 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson.</p><p>Schools still eligible for closure (by community area) are:</p><p><strong><a name="map"></a>MAP:</strong></p> <style type="text/css"> #map-canvas { width:950px; height:800px; }</style> <script type="text/javascript" src="http://maps.google.com/maps/api/js?sensor=false"> </script><script type="text/javascript"> var map; var layerl0; var layerl1; function initialize() { map = new google.maps.Map(document.getElementById('map-canvas'), { center: new google.maps.LatLng(41.834805817352056, -87.60883620517575), zoom: 11 }); var style = [ { featureType: 'all', elementType: 'all', stylers: [ { saturation: -99 } ] } ]; var styledMapType = new google.maps.StyledMapType(style, { map: map, name: 'Styled Map' }); map.mapTypes.set('map-style', styledMapType); map.setMapTypeId('map-style'); layerl0 = new google.maps.FusionTablesLayer({ query: { select: "'col2'", from: '1Iswtf1OvOpiiZdxxBio5xcY9EJJH55znuMcIZoA' }, map: map, styleId: 2, templateId: 2 }); layerl1 = new google.maps.FusionTablesLayer({ query: { select: "'col3'", from: '1ALozHGKEVUPrdaxEReWtxFngc8hElnkwnZlLYdI' }, map: map, styleId: 2, templateId: 2 }); } google.maps.event.addDomListener(window, 'load', initialize); </script><div id="map-canvas">&nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a name="list"></a>The list</strong></p><script type="text/javascript" src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/static/modules/gviz/1.0/chart.js"> {"dataSourceUrl":"//docs.google.com/a/chicagopublicradio.org/spreadsheet/tq?key=0AoxVpL8Zenp3dDZZWHczWHduaDF5S2dMbTllaF9CMGc&transpose=0&headers=1&range=A1%3AK148&gid=1&pub=1","options":{"vAxes":[{"useFormatFromData":true,"title":"Left vertical axis title","minValue":null,"viewWindow":{"min":null,"max":null},"maxValue":null},{"useFormatFromData":true,"minValue":null,"viewWindow":{"min":null,"max":null},"maxValue":null}],"titleTextStyle":{"fontSize":16},"series":{"2":{"hasAnnotations":true},"3":{"hasAnnotations":true}},"booleanRole":"certainty","title":"Chart title","animation":{"duration":0},"legend":"right","annotations":{"domain":{"style":"line"}},"hAxis":{"useFormatFromData":true,"title":"Horizontal axis title","minValue":null,"viewWindow":{"min":null,"max":null},"maxValue":null},"width":950,"height":2900},"state":{},"view":{"columns":[0,{"label":"Geographic Area","properties":{"role":"annotation"},"sourceColumn":1},{"label":"School Address","properties":{"role":"annotationText"},"sourceColumn":2},{"label":"School Category","properties":{"role":"annotationText"},"sourceColumn":3},{"label":"School Type","properties":{"role":"annotationText"},"sourceColumn":4},5,6,7,{"label":"Space Use Status","properties":{"role":"annotation"},"sourceColumn":8},9,{"label":"2011-12 Performance Level","properties":{"role":"annotation"},"sourceColumn":10}]},"chartType":"Table","chartName":"Chart 1"} </script><h2><span id="cke_bm_210S" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_211S" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>The list of schools as released by CPS:<span id="cke_bm_211E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_210E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/list.PNG" style="height: 632px; width: 920px;" title="" /></h2><p><span id="cke_bm_210S" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><em>Scott Kanowsky contributed to this report.</em><span id="cke_bm_210E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/more-20-percent-city-public-schools-list-potential-closure-105519