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Local Schools Safe from CPS Closure

Out of 129 schools named to a preliminary school closing list, none are in Lincoln Park or Lake View.

More than 100 schools could be closed for the 2013-2014 school year, according to a list released by Chicago Public Schools Wednesday evening

Of those schools, many are on the North Side, but none are in Lincoln Park or Lake View. Four are in Uptown and Buena Park including Brennemann, Stewart, Stockton and Trumbull elementary schools. 

UPDATED STORY:

Local parents and teachers can take a breath, but tough times are still ahead for Chicago Public Schools.

No neighborhood schools were on the preliminary 129-school closing list released on Wednesday, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be impacted by more students or co-location, CPS officials said.

Nearby Trumbull Elementary in Andersonville and three Uptown schools weren’t so lucky. Those schools have until March 31 to change the minds of CPS decision-makers.

“We are going to take these 129 and continue to sift through these schools,” said CPS schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett told the Chicago Tribune.

Five local schools were spared from the chopping block. Those were on a list of “underutilized,” CPS schools, meaning they are below 80 percent of their ideal population. The Inter-American Magnet and Hamilton Elementary in Lake View, and Alcott, Mayer Magnet, Prescott Elementary in Lincoln Park narrowly escaped consideration for closure. 

Out of the district’s 681 schools, 330 of them are below the 80 percent target. Almost 40 programs are on the North Side.

Many of the schools targeted for closure are on the South, West and Southwest sides of the city.

In December, CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett gathered a commission to develop a method of choosing schools for closure. The Commission on School Utilization has been hosting meetings to get feedback from parents and teachers. 

The community meetings got rowdy.

The first hearing at Truman College brought parents shouting ‘Save Our Schools,’ preventing officials from showing a presentation. Ald. Joe Moreno (1st) was booed offstage by parents at one of the meetings in Logan Square.

Chicago parents gathered on Tuesday to protest the way CPS choose the schools for closure, the Huffington Post reports. The parents—part of the group Parents 4 Teachers—filed a complaint with CPS Inspector General James M. Sullivan accusing the commission of having conflicts of interest.

The school closures stem from a $1 bill budget deficit expected in 2013-2014, according to CPS.

After this year, no more schools will close until 2020, Byrd-Bennett said. 

See full list of proposed school closings: 

Austin-North Lawndale  

ARMSTRONG, L 

CHALMERS 

CROWN 

DE PRIEST 

EMMET 

HENSON 

HERZL 

HUGHES, C 

KEY 

LAWNDALE 

LEWIS 

MASON 

MAY 

MCNAIR 

PENN 

POPE 

Burnham Park 

ATTUCKS 

BURKE 

CANTER 

CARTER 

DRAKE 

DUMAS TECH ACAD 

FERMI 

FISKE 

FULLER 

KOZMINSKI 

MAYO 

MOLLISON 

OVERTON 

PERSHING MIDDLE 

REAVIS 

ROBINSON 

ROSS 

SEXTON 

TILL 

WADSWORTH 

WELLS, I 

WILIAMS MIDDLE 

WILLIAMS ES 

WOODSON 

Englewood-Gresham  

ALTGELD 

BANNEKER 

BONTEMPS 

COOK 

DAVIS, M 

EARLE 

GOODLOW 

GRESHAM 

HENDERSON 

HINTON 

HOLMES 

JACKSON, M 

LANGFORD 

MAYS 

MORGAN 

O'TOOLE 

RYDER 

STAGG 

WOODS 

Fullerton 

BRENTANO 

JENNER 

MANIERRE 

Fulton

BROWN, W 

DETT 

DUPREY 

HERBERT 

KING 

LAFAYETTE 

LOZANO 

MONTEFIORE 

NEAR NORTH 

PEABODY 

SMYTH 

VON HUMBOLDT 

Garfield-Humboldt 

BEIDLER 

BETHUNE 

CALHOUN 

DELANO 

ERICSON 

GARFIELD PARK 

GOLDBLATT 

MARCONI 

MELODY 

PICCOLO 

RYERSON 

TILTON 

WARD, L 

WEBSTER 

Lake Calumet 

ALDRIDGE 

CARVER , G 

GOMPERS 

LAWRENCE 

METCALFE 

OWENS 

PULLMAN 

SONGHAI 

WEST PULLMAN 

WHISTLER 

Midway 

CLAREMONT 

 

Pershing

DEWEY 

GRAHAM 

HENDRICKS 

LIBBY 

MCCLELLAN 

PARKMAN 

SHERMAN 

Pilsen-Little Village 

JUNGMAN 

PADEREWSKI 

PILSEN 

Ravenswood-Ridge 

BRENNEMANN 

STEWART 

STOCKTON 

TRUMBULL 

Rock Island 

FERNWOOD 

GARVEY 

GREEN 

HUGHES, L 

KOHN 

SHOOP 

Skyway 

ASHE 

BUCKINGHAM 

MADISON 

NEW SULLIVAN 

O'KEEFFE 

PARKSIDE 

POWELL 

REVERE 

WARREN 

YALE 

The Drickster February 14, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Yes but what would the closing of Brennemann, Stewart, Stockton and Trumbull mean to neighboring LV schools? More crowding?
Gunnery Sgt Hartman February 14, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Only in chicago would you have the situtaion where the schools in the wealthy areas are ancient and overcrowded (Bell, Burley, Blaine, Lincoln, etc) and the ones in many of the poorer areas are underutilized.
Sgt. USMC February 14, 2013 at 06:06 PM
We need to spend more on education and less in other areas. Maria Pappas throws "multi-cultural" parties at the treasurers office every month on the tax payers dime. This is one of many examples where funds are wasted.

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