The 100th School: Renaissance 2010 Brings Out Hopes, Criticism
DALEY: Today we're announcing a major new commitment to turn around
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.
This building, in
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
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.
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 sayingâ€”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
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 areaâ€”the public school, they take you.
Ambi: telephone dialing
LUCAS: Good afternoon this is Deloris Lucas with CICS-
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.
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 studentâ€”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 companyâ€”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|