WBEZ | closing schools http://www.wbez.org/tags/closing-schools Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Closing schools diaspora http://www.wbez.org/news/education/closing-schools-diaspora-108518 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/by bill healy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Students from Chicago&rsquo;s 47 shuttered elementary schools will head to new schools today. And while most will go to so-called &ldquo;welcoming&rdquo; schools the district has packed with resources, upgrades, and special safety provisions,&nbsp; new data show that many will not. The students from shuttered schools are enrolled in a whopping 287 schools across Chicago, forming a diaspora throughout the school system.</p><p>For every school it closed, the district designated another school as a &ldquo;welcoming school&rdquo; that students could transfer to. In a handful of cases the children from a single closing school were offered two or three welcoming schools.</p><p>Chicago Public Schools insists that the majority of the nearly 12,000 students from the closed schools are signed up at the designated welcoming schools, where it did big fix-ups, from paint to iPads. The district made $155 million in building improvements at those schools, adding computer labs, science labs,&nbsp; and installing air conditioning in every classroom.</p><p>It hosted hundreds of &ldquo;cultural integration events&rdquo; &ndash; from bowling parties to field days&mdash;to encourage social interaction between the two merging school communities and ease transitions between neighborhoods divided at times by longstanding tensions. And it has laid out careful security plans&mdash;including safe passage routes staffed by workers from the community to help students get safely to school.</p><p>But numbers obtained through an open records request show some 2,200 students from closed schools have <em>not </em>enrolled in welcoming schools, suggesting that the ripple effects of the largest school closure in recent American history could&nbsp; go well beyond the communities where the closures took place.&nbsp;</p><p>And while CPS says 78 percent of students have enrolled in designated welcoming schools, at individual schools, that percentage can be far lower. For instance, just 29 percent of students (42 kids in all)&nbsp; from shuttered Pope Elementary on the West Side have enrolled at Johnson School of Excellence, the designated &ldquo;welcoming&rdquo; school.</p><p>Instead, many former Pope students are enrolled at Crown Elementary&mdash;which has neither safe passage routes, nor iPads for every student.&nbsp; In some cases, schools that got major capital investments and programmatic improvements&mdash;to the tune of millions of dollars&mdash;will see fewer than 40 new children.</p><p>The scenario also puts at risk the district&rsquo;s promise to send every student to a higher performing school. For instance, Beidler, which itself has been on the shortlist for closure in the past, now has to manage an influx of students from eight shuttered schools (Stockton, Ross, Pope, Marconi, Goldblatt, Garfield Park, Calhoun and Bethune).</p><p>Many closing schools are sending nearly all their children to the receiving schools. One example is Ryerson, in the Garfield Park area. CPS says 326 Kindergarten through seventh graders were enrolled in Ryerson in May, and 311 have enrolled in the receiving school, Laura Ward, which will now be in the Ryerson building.</p><p>But other school communities are being pulled apart. Students from Lafayette Elementary, whose student orchestra became a symbol of community loss, are enrolled in 26 different schools, though the bulk will head to designated receiving school Chopin.</p><p>Students from shuttered Henson Elementary in North Lawndale are going to 21 different schools&mdash;including Crown, Penn, Mason and Lawndale. Just 32 of Henson&rsquo;s original 190 students are going to the designated receiving school, C. Hughes.</p><p>Tom Tyrrell, the former Marine Corps officer overseeing the shutdown of 50 schools and the transfer of 12,000 students to new schools, said Friday that Crown and other &ldquo;de facto&rdquo; welcoming schools would get what he called &ldquo;welcoming school funds.&rdquo; But he admitted that did not include building upgrades or iPads. The district has not said how much it has spent on Crown to help the school deal with an influx of students from closed schools, or how that amount compares to what designated welcoming schools received. A total of four closed schools are sending&nbsp; between 83 and 99 students to Crown (some exact figures cannot be ascertained because of the way CPS reported the data).&nbsp;</p><p>Other findings:</p><p>&bull; 40 of the 47 closing schools still have a handful of students that have not enrolled anywhere yet.</p><p>&bull; As of last Thursday, 118 students at King Elementary in the Tri-Taylor neighborhood still had not registered for school anywhere. During public hearings last spring the community raised concerns about safety and the long distance to the receiving school. Latino families said privately they would not attend Jensen, the receiving school, which is deep in an African American community. But King was an outlier. According to the district&rsquo;s figures, all other closing schools had 10 or fewer students left to enroll.</p><p>&bull; Handfuls of students at 36 of the 47 closed schools have left the district. At Jesse Owens, which used to be located at 125th and State Street, 10 students have left the district, the most of all the closing schools.</p><p>&bull; More students from closing Paderewski Elemenatary are headed to a nearby charter school than to Padarewski&rsquo;s designated receiving school. Twenty-eight students are slated to go to Catalyst-Howland charter campus, just blocks from Paderewski; 24 are enrolled at Cardenas, one of Paderewski&rsquo;s receiving schools.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 00:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/education/closing-schools-diaspora-108518 Ex-Marine's mission: Make sure CPS 'Welcoming Schools' are welcoming http://www.wbez.org/news/education/ex-marines-mission-make-sure-cps-welcoming-schools-are-welcoming-108501 <p><p>School starts in just a few days in Chicago. There&rsquo;s a lot of last-minute scrambling every year at this time. But this summer, Chicago has also juggled a massive logistics operation because of school closures. WBEZ&rsquo;s Linda Lutton recently met up with the guy overseeing it all.</p><p style="text-align: center;">* * *</p><p>To understand the task facing Tom Tyrrell, imagine for a moment relocating the entire population of a small Illinois town. Something the size of Winnetka, say,&nbsp;or River Forest. All the people, all their stuff.</p><p>Oh, and before you move them in, you have to fix up the new place. Remodeling. &nbsp;Air conditioning.</p><p>That is essentially Tom Tyrrell&rsquo;s job: close 50 schools and move 12,000 kids to what the school district is calling &ldquo;Welcoming Schools.&rdquo;</p><p>Tyrrell is Chicago&rsquo;s commander in chief of school closings.</p><p><strong>TYRRELL: We&rsquo;re certainly responsible for the delivery of welcoming schools that are welcoming. And that&rsquo;s the mission.</strong></p><p>Tyrrell thinks in terms of missions. He&rsquo;s was an officer in the Marine Corps, retired as a colonel. He&rsquo;s been in charge of some pretty big transitions. &nbsp;Like one at the Pentagon&hellip;</p><p><strong>TYRRELL: &hellip;which was really taking the Department of Defense and trying to create the roadmap from the Cold War mentality to what we called then the asymmetric threat, which now we call terrorism.</strong></p><p>He was in Kosovo.</p><p><strong>TYRRELL: &nbsp;I was the senior planning person for the multinational team that was in Kosovo of about 40,000. Ironically, about the same size as CPS, I guess. So two big complex organizations. Both wanting to get better quickly.</strong></p><p>There are obvious differences between closing 50 schools and starting a new country or fighting terrorism. But there are also similarities.</p><p><strong>TYRRELL: You know, there are a group of people that don&rsquo;t want something to happen&mdash;that you&rsquo;re trying to persuade that this thing that you&rsquo;re doing is really in everyone&rsquo;s best interest, and to some extent the only thing you could do.</strong></p><p>Tyrrell has broken down this massive job into broad areas handled by top deputies. &nbsp;There&rsquo;s a &nbsp;global logistics firm&mdash;basically the district&rsquo;s moving company. There&rsquo;s an IT person. A textbook person. A consultant from Detroit, which used to be the leader in school closings&mdash;before Chicago.</p><p>On a table in Tyrrell&rsquo;s office are a half dozen guides on how to close schools. &nbsp;Yes, there are guidebooks for this. As American cities contract, as budgets get squeezed, as more charter schools open--big cities across the country have had to figure out how to close down schools.</p><p><strong>TYRRELL: There&rsquo;s D.C. for example. Here&rsquo;s North Carolina.This is a really good one, the Broad Foundation School Closure Guide.</strong><br />&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" height="409" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Bill%20Healy%20WBEZ%20photo%200001.JPG" title="(WBEZ/Bill Healy)" width="615" /></div><p>As you can probably hear, Tyrrell is not from Chicago.</p><p><strong>TYRRELL: &nbsp;I grew up in Oklahoma&nbsp;and basically lived around the country and around the world for 26 years. </strong></p><p>Driving to visit a West Side welcoming school late last week, Tyrrell said we&rsquo;d be getting off at &ldquo;Exit 23B&rdquo; &ndash;that&rsquo;s what most Chicagoans would call Central Avenue.</p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s schools administration is full of people not from Chicago. Getting top-notch people from anywhere in world to dispassionately solve the city&rsquo;s problems sounds like common sense. But it&rsquo;s also caused complaints&mdash;that decisions are based on spreadsheets and maps that ignore realities obvious to Chicagoans, like gang lines, race lines, neighborhood culture and history.</p><p><strong>TYRRELL: Could we walk around a little bit? You show me? Basically I&rsquo;m just concerned&nbsp; about four or five things, and I think you guys have probably got &lsquo;em covered.</strong></p><p>At Duke Ellington Elementary, Tyrrell gets to figure out how his downtown plans are playing out. This is his first visit to the school. It&rsquo;s spacious and modern, built just eight years ago. It will serve as the welcoming school for shuttered Emmet Elementary.</p><p><strong>TYRRELL: Are you doing OK with staffing? </strong></p><p>Tyrrell asks assistant principal Salik Mukarram whether construction at Ellington has wrapped up. He tells him Ellington is not the only school still waiting for kindergarten furniture. He asks how clean-up is going. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>TYRRELL: Do you need any more arms and legs? &nbsp;Cause we do have some surge teams available. </strong></p><p>Tyrrell estimates that every day he has somewhere between 300 and 500 people getting the closing schools closed and the welcoming schools spruced up.</p><p><strong>TYRRELL: What about your IT? Did you get a bunch of new stuff come in?</strong></p><p><strong>MUKARRAM: Well, we got another computer lab, I won&rsquo;t say &ldquo;new&rdquo; computer lab, because it&rsquo;s some equipment obviously from the other school.</strong></p><p><strong>TYRRELL: Are they flat screens at least?</strong></p><p><strong>MUKARRAM: No, no it&rsquo;s not the flat screens either.</strong></p><p><strong>TYRRELL: Where&rsquo;s that at? Can you show me that?</strong></p><p><strong><em>(lab door opens)</em></strong></p><p><strong>TYRRELL: See, this interesting to me cause we weren&rsquo;t supposed to deploy these unless we really had to, so I&rsquo;m not sure what&rsquo;s going on. So I&rsquo;ll have to check on this. </strong></p><p>The computer lab looks like your typical CPS lab. About 30 black Dell computers set on tables. Big fat monitors, and Tyrrell isn&rsquo;t happy with that. He takes pictures, and we head back to the hallway.</p><p><strong>TYRRELL: How many new students are you getting? About?</strong></p><p><strong>MUKARRAM: About? A little over 400 new students. &nbsp;So we&rsquo;re actually receiving more new students than we used to have. So our population more than doubled.</strong></p><p><strong>LUTTON: Whoa. So how does that feel?</strong></p><p><strong>MUKARRAM: It feels exciting. And challenging at the same time.</strong></p><p>The district gives Ellington a Level 1 rating, the best of three grades. But some have wondered how doubling in size will affect the school&rsquo;s culture and performance.</p><p>Next, Tyrrell takes me to DePriest Elementary, another school that&rsquo;s taking in students from Emmett. Principal Minnie Watson takes us to the gym, where enormous piles stretch up for the basketball hoops.</p><p><strong>WATSON: OK, All of this back here is material that we got from Emmet. We got science kits&mdash;and these are FOSS kits, and they&rsquo;re pricewise over $2000 apiece. </strong></p><p><strong>TYRRELL: Nice!</strong></p><p><strong>WATSON: We have display boards for the science fairs and for the history fairs. </strong></p><p><strong>TYRRELL: Nice!</strong></p><p><strong>WATSON: &nbsp;&nbsp;There&rsquo;s paper, there&rsquo;s pens....</strong></p><p>Like at other welcoming schools, the gym here is a staging area, so is the lunchroom&mdash; full of textbooks from the closed school, and new books too.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" height="339" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/IMAG1774.jpg" title="Boxes of books from shuttered Emmet Elementary in the DePriest school library. " width="603" /></div><p>Tyrrell says his takeaway from Ellington and DePriest is that they&rsquo;re ready.</p><p><strong>TYRRELL: These are two schools that are gonna accomplish the mission. </strong></p><p>Of course, many welcoming schools are in much older, needier buildings than the ones Tyrrell brought me to. &nbsp;In some, even today, construction work isn&rsquo;t finished . &nbsp;</p><p>That doesn&rsquo;t worry Tyrrell.</p><p><strong>TYRRELL: If we miss something --we&rsquo;ll go back and, whatever it is&mdash;we&rsquo;ll go back and fix it. If there&rsquo;s a computer that doesn&rsquo;t boot up, if there&rsquo;s a corner that didn&rsquo;t get painted. Something&nbsp;didn&rsquo;t get cleaned as well as it should have. We can fix that stuff. My report card is: does every student feel welcome at their new school? That&rsquo;s my report card. </strong></p><p>Tyrrell says he recognizes that the district&rsquo;s work will not take away the pain people feel at losing their schools.</p><p><strong>TYRRELL: We have got to focus now on making it worth that effort. And making those parents feel good about the fact that, I&rsquo;m sad that my school closed, I will miss that as a school in my community. But I am really glad&nbsp;with the performance of the school where my children are going now. That&rsquo;s the moment of opportunity for us.</strong></p><p>And the first test of that comes Monday.</p></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 01:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/education/ex-marines-mission-make-sure-cps-welcoming-schools-are-welcoming-108501 One day before deadline, only half of students at closing schools enroll in new schools http://www.wbez.org/news/one-day-deadline-only-half-students-closing-schools-enroll-new-schools-107448 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/IMG_2986web.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For the past week&mdash;ever since the school board took its final vote to close 50 Chicago schools&mdash;the district has been trying to get parents from closing schools to say where they&rsquo;ll send their children next year.&nbsp;</p><p>But getting parents to register for new schools has been a tough sell in many corners of the city.</p><p>****</p><p><em>knocking sound</em><br />LUTTON: Hello?</p><p>That is me. I&rsquo;m at a district administrative building on the Far South Side, at what is supposed to be a school enrollment fair.</p><p>LUTTON: Hello? Hello? I&rsquo;m up by the front!</p><p>Forty-seven elementary schools are permanently closing their doors in just a few weeks. Parents at those schools can come here to pick out a new school.</p><p>LUTTON: I was looking for this, here.<br />MAN: Right, but nobody&rsquo;s here. There haven&rsquo;t been any parents.<br />LUTTON: Nobody?<br />MAN: No.</p><p>The district passed out about 600 flyers announcing this enrollment fair. Still, turnout was zero.&nbsp;</p><p>Jerryelyn Jones, a retired principal who&rsquo;s now helping CPS manage the closings, says it&rsquo;s not as bad as it seems.</p><p>JONES: We&rsquo;ve been having fairs at the schools. Our goal is to make sure every single student is accounted for.</p><p>That&rsquo;s around 12,000 students. All need to be situated in new schools. The district started its registration campaign less than 24 hours after the board voted to close the schools.</p><p>If it seems like the district is in a big rush&hellip; it is. Officials need to know where students are going so they can redirect money and teachers there, before budgets are drawn up.</p><p>But as of Thursday, only about half the kids at closing schools had enrolled anywhere else. I asked Jones if parents know that CPS set today as the enrollment deadline.</p><p>JONES: We sent flyers not only from the network but from the schools as well, and the marquees at all the schools have that date. And the robo calls have been going out to the homes. And the letter from Barbara Byrd Bennett also went out. So that message is clear, precise, concise. So they know, yes.</p><p>They know&hellip; and if you hang around closing schools, talk to parents, it&rsquo;s obvious many of them are sending their own message right back to the school district. I met parent Antoine Dobine walking across the playground at West Pullman Elementary this week. He admits some parents are complacent, but he says there&rsquo;s a fundamental reason many haven&rsquo;t registered for new schools.</p><p>DOBINE: They got the hope in the back of their mind that our school is not gonna close.</p><p>When I talked to Dobine, he hadn&rsquo;t registered his children. He was waiting. On purpose.</p><p>DOBINE: I don&rsquo;t like the way they were so gung ho and, &lsquo;Register your child now! Register your child now!&rsquo; Register my child? You just closed the school! You ain&rsquo;t gonna let us mourn? Can&rsquo;t we mourn? I mean, this is a big loss.</p><p>Dobine gestures up toward the huge school, where three generations of his family have attended. Like the district, he&rsquo;s also worried about tracking every student. In past closings, CPS has not been able to explain where all kids end up. Dobine says gang lines make it impossible for some kids to go to their designated receiving school.</p><p>DOBINE: You think the high school dropout rate was high? Give it about three or four years and see what the grammar school rate will be. They&rsquo;re gonna drop out.</p><p>Dobine says some people simply cannot believe the schools are closing. They might not believe it until they see the doors padlocked shut, he says.</p><p>You don&#39;t have to look hard for folks in this camp. On a porch across the street from Kohn Elementary&mdash;also closing&mdash; Tammy Brown doesn&rsquo;t care that the board voted last week. It&rsquo;s not over until it&rsquo;s over, she says. And parents shouldn&#39;t register, she adds.</p><p>BROWN: No, they should not do that. They should stay at <em>their </em>school. Say &lsquo;No! Don&rsquo;t close our school.&rsquo; Protest. If they protest out here and get enough people to sign, I guarantee they&rsquo;ll keep that school open. It&rsquo;s never too late.</p><p>Many parents are finding it hard to shift gears, from fighting for their school to remain open to enrolling their children somewhere else. At Parkman Elementary, parents like Jalainea Leslie say they do not want to attend the receiving school CPS has named. And they say a week is not enough time to find a better option---a higher performing school, on a safe route. A school that can accommodate a whole family.</p><p>LESLIE: Why should we rush into something that we&rsquo;re not sure about in the first place? I&rsquo;m gonna find the best school, like they suggested us to do, and that&rsquo;s what I&rsquo;m gonna do.&nbsp;</p><p>At one closing school, as of yesterday, just five out of 200 kids had registered for school next year.</p><p>But a handful of schools had nearly all their students register. At Louis Armstrong on the West Side, 83 percent of students had enrolled in new schools as of yesterday. Part of the reason? The principal there, Demetrius Juanita Bunch, held a raffle for a 22-inch flat-screen color TV. Only parents who registered their kids in another school could participate.</p><p>BUNCH: We wanted to make sure that every parent realized the importance of having their child ready and prepared the first day.</p><p>In some ways, getting kids to register for new schools is the district&rsquo;s first test; &nbsp;it&rsquo;s just a taste of what might be ahead as it closes 50 schools. Yesterday, a group of South Side parents put a larger face on the registration push-back evident at some neighborhoods. They showed up at a high performing school on the North Side, A.N. Pritzker.</p><p>They said they wanted to register their children at that school.</p><p>Here&rsquo;s community organizer Jitu Brown:</p><p>JITU: We want our children to have stable schools in their own neighborhoods. If you&rsquo;re not, then guess who&rsquo;s coming to dinner. &#39;Cause we&rsquo;re coming up north. And we&rsquo;re gonna enroll our children in these top ten schools. And you&rsquo;re gonna treat them as good as you treat these white babies up north. And the problem is not those white babies up north&mdash;they&rsquo;re not the problem. They deserve a world-class education. But so do our babies, so do our babies.</p><p>Parents were told there&rsquo;s a waiting list hundreds of students long at Pritzker &mdash;and CPS says kids from closing schools won&rsquo;t be given any special priority. They had the same opportunity as everyone else to apply to top schools, the district says.</p><p>Cassandra Parks, who has two children at Morgan Elementary, says she is not planning to&nbsp; enroll her kids anywhere.</p><p>PARKS: Right now I&rsquo;m just gonna wait, and they&rsquo;re not gonna go to the first day of school. They&rsquo;re gonna stay at home. Maye they&rsquo;ll hear us then, if we keep our kids at home. Since we&rsquo;re not being heard too much now.</p><p>Chicago Public Schools says it will continue to call and send letters to parents like Parks. The district will keep enrolling students over the summer, and into September if necessary.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Number/percent of students at closing schools registered at other CPS schools for fall 2013, as of May 30, 11am</strong></p> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: <?php echo $tableFont ?>; font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; }</style> <table class="tableizer-table"><tbody><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>School Name</th><th>Network</th><th>Student Population</th><th>Registered</th><th>Percent Registered &circ;</th><th>Type*</th></tr><tr><td>STOCKTON</td><td>ES Network - Ravenswood-Ridge</td><td>295</td><td>294</td><td>99.66</td><td>Closing Staying</td></tr><tr><td>SEXTON</td><td>ES Network - Burnham Park</td><td>308</td><td>301</td><td>97.73</td><td>Closing Staying</td></tr><tr><td>OWENS</td><td>ES Network - Lake Calumet</td><td>252</td><td>246</td><td>97.62</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>STEWART</td><td>ES Network - Ravenswood-Ridge</td><td>196</td><td>173</td><td>88.27</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>PEABODY</td><td>ES Network - Fulton</td><td>211</td><td>186</td><td>88.15</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>EMMET</td><td>ES Network - Austin-North Lawndale</td><td>316</td><td>271</td><td>85.76</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>ARMSTRONG, L</td><td>ES Network - Austin-North Lawndale</td><td>92</td><td>76</td><td>82.61</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>WILIAMS MIDDLE</td><td>ES Network - Burnham Park</td><td>80</td><td>62</td><td>77.5</td><td>Closing Staying</td></tr><tr><td>WILLIAMS ES</td><td>ES Network - Burnham Park</td><td>212</td><td>153</td><td>72.17</td><td>Closing Staying</td></tr><tr><td>TRUMBULL</td><td>ES Network - Ravenswood-Ridge</td><td>206</td><td>148</td><td>71.84</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>KEY</td><td>ES Network - Austin-North Lawndale</td><td>283</td><td>203</td><td>71.73</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>PERSHING MIDDLE</td><td>ES Network - Burnham Park</td><td>175</td><td>125</td><td>71.43</td><td>Closing Staying</td></tr><tr><td>FERMI</td><td>ES Network - Burnham Park</td><td>190</td><td>130</td><td>68.42</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>LAFAYETTE</td><td>ES Network - Fulton</td><td>303</td><td>199</td><td>65.68</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>HERBERT</td><td>ES Network - Fulton</td><td>201</td><td>127</td><td>63.18</td><td>Closing Staying</td></tr><tr><td>VON HUMBOLDT</td><td>ES Network - Fulton</td><td>265</td><td>162</td><td>61.13</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>HENSON</td><td>ES Network - Austin-North Lawndale</td><td>196</td><td>107</td><td>54.59</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>POPE</td><td>ES Network - Austin-North Lawndale</td><td>143</td><td>71</td><td>49.65</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>RYERSON</td><td>ES Network - Garfield-Humboldt</td><td>326</td><td>161</td><td>49.39</td><td>Closing Staying</td></tr><tr><td>WEST PULLMAN</td><td>ES Network - Lake Calumet</td><td>235</td><td>105</td><td>44.68</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>WOODS</td><td>ES Network - Englewood-Gresham</td><td>274</td><td>114</td><td>41.61</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>KOHN</td><td>ES Network - Rock Island</td><td>327</td><td>130</td><td>39.76</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>DUMAS TECH ACAD</td><td>ES Network - Burnham Park</td><td>241</td><td>93</td><td>38.59</td><td>Closing Staying</td></tr><tr><td>LAWRENCE</td><td>ES Network - Lake Calumet</td><td>319</td><td>123</td><td>38.56</td><td>Closing Staying</td></tr><tr><td>MAY</td><td>ES Network - Austin-North Lawndale</td><td>386</td><td>145</td><td>37.56</td><td>Closing Staying</td></tr><tr><td>BANNEKER</td><td>ES Network - Englewood-Gresham</td><td>261</td><td>90</td><td>34.48</td><td>Closing Staying</td></tr><tr><td>ALTGELD</td><td>ES Network - Englewood-Gresham</td><td>336</td><td>114</td><td>33.93</td><td>Closing Staying</td></tr><tr><td>MARCONI</td><td>ES Network - Garfield-Humboldt</td><td>177</td><td>59</td><td>33.33</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>SONGHAI</td><td>ES Network - Lake Calumet</td><td>258</td><td>85</td><td>32.95</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>DELANO</td><td>ES Network - Garfield-Humboldt</td><td>260</td><td>81</td><td>31.15</td><td>Closing Staying</td></tr><tr><td>MAYO</td><td>ES Network - Burnham Park</td><td>326</td><td>98</td><td>30.06</td><td>Closing Staying</td></tr><tr><td>PADEREWSKI</td><td>ES Network - Pilsen-Little Village</td><td>150</td><td>41</td><td>27.33</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>GARFIELD PARK</td><td>ES Network - Garfield-Humboldt</td><td>133</td><td>35</td><td>26.32</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>YALE</td><td>ES Network - Skyway</td><td>157</td><td>41</td><td>26.11</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>ROSS</td><td>ES Network - Burnham Park</td><td>272</td><td>65</td><td>23.9</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>MORGAN</td><td>ES Network - Englewood-Gresham</td><td>157</td><td>32</td><td>20.38</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>OVERTON</td><td>ES Network - Burnham Park</td><td>286</td><td>50</td><td>17.48</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>GOLDBLATT</td><td>ES Network - Garfield-Humboldt</td><td>212</td><td>36</td><td>16.98</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>CALHOUN</td><td>ES Network - Garfield-Humboldt</td><td>236</td><td>40</td><td>16.95</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>BETHUNE</td><td>Network - AUSL</td><td>318</td><td>53</td><td>16.67</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>GOODLOW</td><td>ES Network - Englewood-Gresham</td><td>287</td><td>46</td><td>16.03</td><td>Closing Staying</td></tr><tr><td>DUPREY</td><td>ES Network - Fulton</td><td>92</td><td>14</td><td>15.22</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>BONTEMPS</td><td>ES Network - Englewood-Gresham</td><td>239</td><td>23</td><td>9.62</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>PARKMAN</td><td>ES Network - Pershing</td><td>153</td><td>12</td><td>7.84</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>KING</td><td>ES Network - Fulton</td><td>204</td><td>5</td><td>2.45</td><td>Closing</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>TOTALS</td><td>10,546</td><td>4,925</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Placed Centrally:</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Buckingham &amp; Near North</td><td>95</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Preschool (3-Year-Olds)</td><td>660</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td>Special Education Cluster Programs</td><td>487</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td><td>&nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table><p>Source: Chicago Public Schools</p><p>*&quot;Closing Staying&quot;refers to a situation in which the school will be closed (ie. all staff dismissed, school name retired) and the designated receiving school will relocate to the closed school&#39;s building. (For instance, Stockton closes. Courtenay, the receiving school, will relocate to the Stockton building).</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/one-day-deadline-only-half-students-closing-schools-enroll-new-schools-107448 CPS limits coverage from closing schools http://www.wbez.org/news/cps-limits-coverage-closing-schools-107275 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/CPS Access(1).JPG" alt="" /><p><p>On Wednesday, the Chicago Board of Education will decide whether to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-proposes-closing-53-elementary-schools-firing-staff-another-6-106202" target="_blank">close 54 schools</a> it says are failing or underutilized.</p><p>Since the recommended list of closures was announced in March, the city has been in a heated debate about whether some schools should be taken off the list. Media access to these buildings has been almost impossible, and some worry decisions will be made without a thorough inspection.</p><p>Arturs Weible is a music teacher at Lafayette Elementary School in Chicago&rsquo;s Humboldt Park neighborhood. He directs the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/lafayette-elementary-string-orchestra-tunes-despite-uncertain-future-107255" target="_blank">only string orchestra</a> at a CPS elementary school.</p><p>&ldquo;We have 85 kids participating in the program. And these kids have higher expectations to keep their grades up. They have to keep their behavior in order,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;And so these kids are basically doing above and beyond pretty much anything that&rsquo;s being asked of an elementary school child.&rdquo;</p><p>Lafayette is slated to close because CPS considers it an underutilized building. Weible disagrees, and says all parts of the building are in use, but maybe not at all times of the day.</p><p>He says he wants the public to see the school before a decision is made.</p><p>&ldquo;To not allow media coverage within school hours is not fair to these parents. They don&rsquo;t have a voice otherwise. The media is the voice of the community,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Before CPS CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett announced the closings list, Weible said journalists got into Lafayette easily. Now, it&rsquo;s like a black out with the exception of heavily restricted visits.</p><p>The district said since late March, every media outlet has had access to a proposed closing school and/or receiving school.</p><p>CPS says with less than a week until the board vote, it&rsquo;s denying media access to the closing schools because it would be too disruptive. But a number of news organizations including WBEZ and Catalyst magazine say they&rsquo;ve been denied access to closing schools since the list was made public.</p><p>Some reporters have successfully entered closing schools through other means.</p><p>&ldquo;I was invited to come to Garvey by a parent,&rdquo; said Kate Grossman, deputy editorial page editor for the Chicago Sun-Times.</p><p>She toured Garvey Elementary on the city&rsquo;s South Side earlier this spring. It&rsquo;s another school proposed to be closed because of underutilization.</p><p>She said there are numbers to back up CPS&rsquo;s closing recommendations, but there&rsquo;s also the reality of what&rsquo;s happening inside.</p><p>&ldquo;You can see that by going to these schools and seeing that they have quite a lot to offer kids even though on paper they&rsquo;re underused,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;So I think it&rsquo;s a crucial part of the decision making when you&rsquo;re deciding to close a school and consolidate it with another to know what you might be losing.&rdquo;</p><p>Grossman said her visit to Garvey was very different from when she was invited by CPS to tour a receiving school with CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett.</p><p>&ldquo;It was lots of people, and you can&rsquo;t really do a lot of in-depth reporting when you&rsquo;re following a school CEO around. And the principal might not be comfortable speaking her mind,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>A student at Northwestern&rsquo;s Medill School of Journalism also tried to gain access to schools without permission. CPS threatened to sever ties with Medill if it happened again.</p><p>Professor Marcel Pacatte agreed the student was wrong, but said the district&rsquo;s response was extreme.</p><p>&ldquo;A student was told yesterday there would be no more audio recording at closing schools. So that&rsquo;s a fairly draconian issue,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Pacatte said now he&rsquo;s making sure students are going through the proper channels to ensure Medill can continue covering the schools.</p><p>&ldquo;I get where they&rsquo;re coming from but I still don&rsquo;t understand how they think it&rsquo;s beneficial for the citizens of Chicago or the students in the schools of the district in the city itself to prevent stories from being told,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Media restrictions aren&rsquo;t uncommon for urban school districts.</p><p>But Emily Richmond with the National Education Writers Association says too many restrictions can force reporters to find another way into the schools.</p><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s really no substitute for being able to just step back and watch what&rsquo;s happening around you and have that first hand observation. And who knows what stories they would find in there,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>Richmond says with an historic number of schools that could be affected, news coverage needs to go beyond statistics and present a clearer view of what&rsquo;s happening.</p><p><em>Susie An covers business for WBEZ. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/soosieon" target="_blank">@soosieon</a>.</em></p></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 12:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/cps-limits-coverage-closing-schools-107275