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The 100th School: Renaissance 2010 Brings Out Hopes, Criticism

Chicago schools are at a milestone today that Mayor Richard Daley laid out six years ago.

 

DALEY: Today we're announcing a major new commitment to turn around Chicago's most troubled schools by creating at least 100 new schools in neighborhoods across Chicago over the next six years.

 

Today, the district opens its 100th Renaissance 2010 school. But there's no fanfare from the mayor's office, and not a mention from the school district about the accomplishment.

 

Nearly 45,000 students go to the new schools. But Renaissance 2010 has also faced bitter opposition. WBEZ documents the hopes and fears these schools bring out at one of seven Renaissance schools opening today.

 

A week ago, principal Thomas Anderson still had to put on a hard hat to walk through this new charter school, known as Larry Hawkins.

 

ANDERSON: Band room is here, chorus room is right up here. Some science rooms that have all been re-done. Beautiful rooms.

 

This building, in Chicago's Altgeld Gardens housing project, was originally a high school, then a middle school, and then it was boarded up, like many of the housing units here.

 

Now there are new floors, new doors, smart boards replacing blackboards. Today, 7th through 12th graders are filling up the building's big, sunny classrooms again.

 

Larry Hawkins will be run not by the school district, but by the Chicago International Charter School, which has opened seven schools under Renaissance 2010.

 

Arbra Gray is teaching middle school math here.

 

GRAY: I'm excited, I'm encouraged. You got choices now. You have a choice! You come here, it's right here. You can walk to the school. We'll have activities for you to do after school. And you're getting an excellent curriculum.

 

Marlan Dixon starts 9th grade today at Larry Hawkins. He says the same thing as other kids playing basketball on a little court in the Gardens: They'd rather not go to Fenger High School, four and a half miles away—especially not after Derrion Albert's beating death last year.

 

DIXON: I grew up out here, in Block 6. I was gonna go to Fenger, but my momma said we couldn't go ‘cause it's too much going on. It makes her know we're safer. Ain't nothing got to happen to us or nothing.

 

Daquan Harris flags me over to his mom's van to tell me he thought about going to Larry Hawkins…

 

DAQUAN HARRIS. But they didn't have no football team for the first year. So, this is my junior year. I can't risk sitting out a season. 

 

DaQuan's mom did sign up his younger brother at Larry Hawkins.

 

LaToya HARRIS: That's ‘cause he's real smart though. I wanted to put him in the charter school, I don't want him to go to…

DAQUAN: So what are you saying—I'm not smart?

LATOYA: I didn't say he wasn't smart, but… my other son is smarter.

 

About two-thirds of the new Renaissance schools are charters, and the perception that they're better schools definitely draws parents.

 

Melvina Grace thanks God that her kids got into Larry Hawkins and another nearby charter. She'll have to drive them here every day, but she's happy to have an alternative to her neighborhood school.

 

GRACE: They have been in that school since kindergarten all the way up. But I'll just have to explain to them: better academics, I'm sorry.  

 

Grace may not know this, but the charter school she's transferring her younger kids into scored about the same on standardized tests as the traditional school she's leaving.

 

But it's hard to make generalizations about the Renaissance 2010 schools' performance.  In addition to charters, there are new magnet schools, small schools, schools where the entire staff has been fired and an outside group is now running things.

 

It's all part of Renaissance 2010's promise--to give parents choices. But that's not what all parents are looking for.

 

CLAY: My name is Mrs. Clay.  I go by that, and that's it.

 

Mrs Clay wants one good high school close to home where her eighth grader will be guaranteed a seat next year. Currently, his only sure seat is two city bus rides away.

 

Schools like Larry Hawkins admit kids by lottery from across the city. Clay admits she'll likely apply for her son to go there.

 

CLAY: But if they don't accept him, what am I to do? You see? You don't have a choice. They have a choice. You're only accepted if they allow you to. But if you live in the area—the public school, they take you.

 

Ambi: telephone dialing

 

LUCAS: Good afternoon this is Deloris Lucas with CICS-Larry Hawkins School.  

 

So far, Larry Hawkins has been focusing on recruitment, not rejections. In a makeshift office, about a week before the start of school, tables are crowded with plastic tubs full of student files. Staffers are finalizing registrations and scrambling for students.

 

LUCAS: We need you to come in and register Kadidra. We're interested in having her as a student, joining us for the 10th grade...

 

Many of the new Renaissance 2010 schools are funded based on how many students they enroll. Larry Hawkins is offering parents $50 gift cards for every additional student they refer to the school.

 

CPS has taken heat for spending money on these new schools when there are a lot of needy neighborhood schools out there. The rehab at Larry Hawkins cost CPS around $5 million, and the district will also give the school a half million in start-up funds. 
 

Chicago's business community has given $30 million total to the new schools.

 

To activist Cheryl Johnson, a lifelong resident of this neighborhood, Renaissance 2010 is the privatization of public education, plain and simple.

 

JOHNSON: You know when you see things privatized, it don't become about the education. It comes down about the dollar. It becomes this money-making machine. Your child is not a student—it's a profit margin. 

 

Johnson points out that Larry Hawkins teachers don't need to be certified, and she worries many may not have enough experience. The principal is an employee of a for-profit company—EdisonLearning.

 

Elizabeth Purvis oversees all Chicago International Charter Schools. She says who runs the school is not the most important question.

 

PURVIS: Why does it matter? If the outcomes are good or better, that's all that should matter.

 

Larry Hawkins starts working on those outcomes today.


Renaissance 2010 Schools:

SCHOOL ADDRESS ZIP SCHOOL TYPE 2010-11 ENROLLMENT AT-CAPACITY ENROLLMENT 2010-11 GRADES AT-CAPACITY GRADES YEAR OPENED
Academy for Global Citizenship 4647 W. 47th St. 60632 Charter 200 350 K - 3rd K - 8th 2008
Air Force Academy 1301 W. 14th St. 60608 Performance 209 600 9th - 10th 9th - 12th 2009
Alcott High School for the Humanities Program 2957 N. Hoyne Ave. 60618 Performance 176 600 9th - 10th 9th-12th 2009
Amandla 6800 S. Stewart Ave. 60621 Charter 360 600 5th - 7th 5th - 12th 2008
ASPIRA Early College HS 3986 W. Barry Ave. 60618 Charter 600 600 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2007
Aspira Haugen Charter 3729 W. Leland Ave. 60625 Charter 600 650 6th - 8th 6th - 8th 2005
Austin Business Contract School 231 N. Pine Ave. 60644 Charter 500 600 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2006
Austin Polytechnical Academy 231 N. Pine Ave. 60644 Performance 342 560 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2007
Barbara A. Sizemore Academy of Betty Shabazz International Charter 6936 S. Hermitage Ave. 60636 Charter 254 400 K - 6th & 8th K - 8th 2005
Bethune 3030 W. Arthington St. 60612 Performance-AUSL 350 531 PreK - 8th PreK - 8th 2009
Bronzeville Lighthouse 8 W. Root St. 60609 Charter 465 496 K - 8th K - 8th 2006
Bronzeville Scholastic Institute (at DuSable) 4934 S. Wabash Ave. 60615 Performance 565 565 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2005
Catalyst Circle Rock 5608 W. Washington Blvd. 60644 Charter 336 270 K - 8th K - 8th 2007
Catalyst Howland 1616 S. Spaulding Ave. 60623 Charter 392 540 K - 8th K - 8th 2006
Charles S Deneen Elementary School 7240 S Wabash Ave. 60619 Performance-AUSL 459 627 PreK-8th PreK-8th 2010
Chicago Academy for Advanced Tech. 1301 W. 14th St. 60608 Charter 298 600 9th - 10th 9th - 12th 2009
Chicago High School for the Arts 3200 S. Calumet Ave. 60616 Charter 300 600 9th - 10th 9th - 12th 2009
Chicago International Charter School - Avalon Shore 1501 E. 83rd Pl. 60619 Charter 423 426 K - 8th K - 8th 2005
Chicago International Charter School - Irving Park 3820 N. Spaulding Ave. 60618 Charter 472 536 K - 7th K - 8th 2007
Chicago International Charter School - Larry Hawkins Campus 801 East 133rd Pl. 60827 Charter 500 900 7th - 12th 7th - 12th 2010
Chicago International Charter School - Lloyd Bond 13300 S. Langley Ave. 60827 Charter 350 350 K - 6th K - 6th 2009
Chicago International Charter School - Loomis 9535 S. Loomis St. 60643 Charter 590 590 K - 2nd K - 2nd 2008
Chicago International Charter School - Ralph Ellison 1817 W. 80th St. 60620 Charter 600 600 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2006
Chicago International Charter School - Wrightwood 8130 S. California Ave. 60652 Charter 739 785 K - 8th K - 8th 2005
Chicago Talent Development 4319 W. Washington Blvd. 60624 Charter 300 600 9th - 10th 9th - 12th 2009
Chicago Virtual 38 S. Peoria St. 60607 Charter 599 600 K - 12th K - 12th 2006
Collins Academy High School 1313 S. Sacramento Dr. 60623 Performance-AUSL 447 560 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2007
Community Services West 1239 S. Pulaski Rd. 60623 Charter 240 200 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2008
Daniel Hale Williams Preparatory School of Medicine (at DuSable) 4934 S. Wabash Ave. 60615 Performance 353 500 7th - 12th 7th -12th 2005
Disney II Magnet School 3815 N Kedvale Ave. 60641 Performance 309 410 PreK - 4th PreK - 8th 2008
Dulles 6311 S. Calumet Ave. 60637 Performance-AUSL 485 485 PreK - 8th PreK - 8th 2009
"DuSable Leadership Academy
of Betty Shabazz International Charter" 4934 S. Wabash Ave. 60615 Charter 450 500 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2005
Epic Academy 8255 S. Houston Ave. 60617 Charter 270 480 9th - 10th 9th - 12th 2009
Erie 1405 N. Washtenaw Ave. 60622 Charter 308 306 K - 5th K - 5th 2005
Frazier Contract School 4027 W. Grenshaw St. 60624 Charter 470 560 PreK - 8th PreK - 8th 2007
Frazier International Magnet School 4027 W. Grenshaw St. 60624 Performance 222 245 K - 8th K - 8th 2007
Galapagos 3814 W. Iowa St. 60651 Charter 354 378 K - 8th K - 8th 2005
Garfield Preparatory Academy 3250 W. Monroe St. 60624 Charter 220 350 K - 4th K - 8th 2009
George W Curtis Elementary School 32 E 115th St. 60628 Performance-AUSL 379 472 PreK-8th PreK-8th 2010
Greater Lawndale HS for Social Justice (at Little Village) 3120 S. Kostner Ave. 60623 Performance 380 380 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2005
Harvard 7525 S. Harvard Ave. 60620 Performance-AUSL 440 519 PreK - 8th PreK - 8th 2007
Henry Ford Academy: Power House Charter High School 931 S. Homan Ave. 60624 Charter 375 460 9th - 11th 9th - 12th 2008
Hope Institute Learning Academy 1628 W. Washington Blvd. 60612 Charter 425 500 K - 4th K - 5th 2009
Howe 720 N. Lorel Ave. 60644 Performance-AUSL 560 560 K - 8th K - 8th 2008
Infinity Math, Science, and Technology High School (at Little Village) 3120 S. Kostner Ave. 60623 Performance 369 369 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2005
Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy Charter High School 122 S. Michigan Ave. 60603 Charter 160 600 9th 9th - 12th 2010
Johnson 1420 S. Albany Ave. 60623 Performance-AUSL 338 338 PreK - 8th PreK - 8th 2009
Kwanme Nkrumah Academy 901 E. 95th St. 60619 Charter 175 400 K - 3rd K - 8th 2008
L.E.A.R.N. Charter School - 2009 Campus 212 S. Francisco Ave. 60612 Charter 304 600 K - 4th K - 8th 2009
L.E.A.R.N. Charter School - Excel 2401 W. Congress Pkwy. 60612 Charter 321 525 K - 4th K - 8th 2008
L.E.A.R.N. Charter School - South Chicago Campus 8914 S. Buffalo Ave. 60617 Charter 236 596 K - 3rd K - 8th 2010
Legacy 4217 W. 18th St. 60623 Charter 392 482 PreK - 7th PreK - 8th 2005
Lindblom Math and Science Academy High School 6130 S. Wolcott Ave. 60636 Performance 904 1250 7th - 12th 7th - 12th 2005
Marine Military Academy 145 S. Campbell Ave. 60612 Performance 414 600 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2007
Morton 431 N. Troy St. 60612 Performance-AUSL 313 313 PreK - 8th PreK - 8th 2008
Multicultural Arts High School (at Little Village) 3120 S. Kostner Ave. 60623 Performance 362 362 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2005
Myra Bradwell Communications Arts & Sciences ES 7736 S Burnham Ave. 60649 Performance-AUSL 583 583 PreK-8th PreK-8th 2010
Noble - Chicago Bulls Campus 2040 W. Adams St. 60612 Charter 470 600 9th - 10th 9th - 12th 2009
Noble - Comer 7200 S. Ingleside Ave. 60619 Charter 498 600 9th - 11th 9th - 12th 2008
Noble - Englewood Campus 6350 S. Stewart Ave. 60621 Charter 200 600 9th 9th - 12th 2010
Noble - Golder 1454 W. Superior St. 60642 Charter 595 599 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2007
Noble - Muchin 1 N. State St. 60602 Charter 512 600 9th - 10th 9th - 12th 2009
Noble - Pritzker 4131 W. Cortland St. 60639 Charter 595 750 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2006
Noble - Rauner 1337 W. Ohio St. 60642 Charter 593 599 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2006
Noble - Rowe Clark 3645 W. Chicago Ave. 60651 Charter 595 599 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2007
Noble - UIC Colllege Prep 1231 S. Damen Ave. 60608 Charter 602 600 9th - 11th 9th - 12th 2008
North Lawndale Collins Campus 1313 S. Sacramento Dr. 60623 Charter 500 600 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2007
Ogden International High School Program 1250 W. Erie St. 60622 Performance 535 600 9th - 10th 9th - 12th 2009
Orr Academy High School 730 N. Pulaski Rd. 60624 Performance-AUSL 1011 1185 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2008
Pershing West Middle School (at Douglas) 3200 S. Calumet Ave. 60616 Performance 254 280 4th - 8th 4th - 8th 2005
Perspectives - Calumet HS 8131 S. May St. 60620 Charter 539 540 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2006
Perspectives - Calumet Middle 8131 S. May St. 60620 Charter 472 540 6th - 8th 6th - 8th 2007
Perspectives - Calumet Tech 8131 S. May St. 60620 Charter 537 540 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2007
Perspectives - IIT 3663 S. Wabash Ave. 60653 Charter 594 580 6th - 11th 6th - 12th 2008
Plato Learning 5545 W. Harrison St. 60644 Charter 388 620 K - 7th K - 8th 2008
Polaris 620 N. Sawyer Ave. 60624 Charter 300 480 K - 5th K - 8th 2007
Prologue - Joshua Johnston Charter School for Fine Art and Design 1060 E. 47th St. 60653 Charter 250 250 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2010
Prov Englewood 6515 S. Ashland Ave. 60636 Charter 500 500 K - 8th K - 8th 2006
Rickover Naval Academy High School (at Senn) 5900 N. Glenwood Ave. 60660 Performance 468 555 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2005
Rowe Elementary School 1424 N. Cleaver St. 60642 Charter 256 581 K - 3rd K - 8th 2009
Sherman 1000 W. 52nd St. 60609 Performance-AUSL 444 584 PreK - 8th PreK - 8th 2006
South Shore Fine Arts Academy 1415 E 70th St. 60637 Performance 201 584 PreK - 3rd PreK - 8th 2009
Suder Montessori Elementary School 2022 W. Washington Blvd. 60612 Performance 310 310 PreK - 5th PreK - 8th 2005
Tarkington School of Excellence 3330 W. 71st St. 60629 Performance-AUSL 1035 1035 PreK - 8th PreK - 8th 2005
TEAM Englewood Community Academy 6201 S. Stewart Ave. 60621 Performance 453 600 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2007
University of Chicago Charter School- Woodlawn High School 6420 S. University Ave. 60637 Charter 590 590 6th - 12th 6th - 12th 2006
University of Chicago Charter School- Carter G. Woodson Middle School 4444 S. Evans Ave. 60653 Charter 450 540 6th - 8th 6th - 8th 2008
University of Chicago Charter School- Donoghue Campus 707 E. 37th St. 60653 Charter 350 500 PreK - 5th PreK - 5th 2005
UNO - Fuentes 2845 W. Barry Ave. 60618 Charter 540 630 K - 8th K - 8th 2006
UNO - Gage Park Campus 2744 W. Pershing Rd. 60632 Charter 600 630 K - 8th K - 8th 2010
UNO - Las Casas 1641 W. 16th St. 60608 Charter 270 315 K - 8th K - 8th 2006
UNO - Major Hector O. Garcia MD 4248 W. 47th St. 60632 Charter 450 720 9th - 11th 9th - 12th 2008
UNO - Officer Donald Marquez 2916 W. 47th St. 60632 Charter 540 630 K - 8th K - 8th 2007
UNO - PFC Omar E. Torres 4248 W. 47th St. 60632 Charter 600 670 K - 8th K - 8th 2008
UNO - SPC Daniel Zizumbo 4248 W. 47th St. 60632 Charter 600 670 K - 8th K - 8th 2008
UNO - Tamayo 5135 S. California Ave. 60632 Charter 270 315 K - 8th K - 8th 2005
UPLIFT Community School (at Arai) 900 W. Wilson Ave. 60640 Performance 504 760 6th - 12th 6th - 12th 2005
Urban Prep - East Garfield Park 2908 W. Washington Blvd. 60612 Charter 270 600 9th - 10th 9th - 12th 2009
Urban Prep - South Shore 1014 E. 47th St. 60653 Charter 135 500 9th 9th - 12th 2010
Urban Prep-Englewood Campus 6201 S. Stewart Ave. 60621 Charter 600 598 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2006
V.O.I.S.E. Academy 231 N. Pine Ave. 60644 Performance 377 600 9th - 11th 9th - 12th 2008
Wendell Phillips Academy High School 244 E Pershing Rd. 60653 Performance-AUSL 709 709 9th-12th 9th-12th 2010
World Language High School (at Little Village) 3120 S. Kostner Ave. 60623 Performance 396 352 9th - 12th 9th - 12th 2005
 
 
Charter schools are independently operated public schools that are not subject to the same state laws, district initiatives, and board policies as traditional public schools. Charters are operated pursuant to Illinois Charter Law. Charter school teachers are employees of the non-profit governing board or education management organization hired by the non-profit board. Contract schools are independently operated public schools under Renaissance 2010. Contract schools operate pursuant to the Illinois School Code, are managed by an independent non-profit organization, and employ teachers who work for the non-profit. Contract Schools have an advisory body comprised of parents, community members and staff. Performance schools are operated by CPS and employ CPS teachers and staff. These schools are subject to the collective bargaining agreement between CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union and other labor organizations, however they have flexibility on many areas such as curriculum, school schedule and budget. In lieu of Local School Councils, Performance schools have an Alternative Local School Council (ALSC), which allows parents, community members, and staff to be involved in all aspects of the school's activities. Performance-AUSL schools are Performance schools operated by the Academy for Urban School Leadership Source: Chicago Public Schools

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