The Chicago Board of Education Set to Close 54 Schools…….Yep! Here’s the Breakdown

The Chicago Board of Education Set to Close 54 Schools…….Yep! Here’s the Breakdown

In a quote to US NEWS Chicago Mayor and Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel said, “By consolidating these schools, CPS can focus on safely getting every child into a better performing school. Like school systems in New York and Philadelphia where schools are being closed, Chicago must make tough choices,” he said. “Our children’s futures are bright and consolidating schools is the best way to make sure all of our city’s students get the resources they need to learn and succeed.” So, according to Mayor Emmanuel, often referred to as “Murder Mayor”, we are closing schools to give children a better education and greater opportunities.

Well my brethren we are actually closing over 50 community schools in a last ditch effort to save the school district money and cover the $1 BILLION deficit facing our city. Doesn’t make sense to you either? Well allegedly our school systems are functioning 20% under capacity leaving principals and teachers struggling for resources as well as struggling to find money to pay for lights, gas, teachers salaries and operating costs of schools with little to no student attendance. So what will the school district do with all of its savings?  A) Air-conditioning for all classrooms B) Libraries C) Expanded math, science and fine arts curriculums  D) iPads for all students in grades 3-8 and E) Programs for advanced students.

That’s it. Bottom Line. 54 Chicago Public Schools are set to be closed and integrated into existing schools to dig CPS out of the hole it has been digging itself for over 20 years. A wise man once said, “If you want to get to the bottom of things….follow the money.” 

Chicago Public School Facts (Just for fun)

  • There are 681 public schools in Chicago
  • There are about 400,000 students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools
  • With the plan to close 54 public schools the district will save $560 Million over 10 years by reducing investments in the closing schools and cut operating costs by $43 Million
  • There have been 100 Public Schools closed in Chicago since 2001
  • This is what the school district will buy with its savings from closed schools: A) Air-conditioning for all classrooms B) Libraries C) Expanded math, science and fine arts curriculums  D) iPads for all students in grades 3-8 and E) Programs for advanced students.

Here’s a list of the schools set to be closed:

  • Banneker Elementary School will be closed into Mays
  • Bethune Elementary School will be closed into Gregory
  • Bontemps Elementary School will be closed into Nicholson
  • Buckingham will be closed into Montefiore
  • Calhoun North Elementary School will be closed into Cather
  • Canter Middle School will be closed into Hart, Ray
  • Delano Elementary School will be closed into Melody
  • Dumas Technology Acad Elementary Sch will be closed into Wadsworth
  • Roque De Duprey Elementary School will be closed into DeDiego
  • Emmet Elementary School will be closed into Ellington, DePriest
  • Ericson Elementary Scholastic Academy will be closed into Sumner
  • Fermi Elementary School will be closed into South Shore Fine Arts
  • Garfield Park Prep Acad Elementary Sch will be closed into Faraday
  • Garvey M Elementary School will be closed into Mount Vernon
  • Goldblatt Elementary School will be closed into Hefferan
  • Goodlow Elementary Magnet School will be closed into Earle
  • Henson Elementary School will be closed into C. Hughes
  • Herbert Elementary School will be closed into Dett
  • Jackson M Elementary School will be closed into Fort Dearborn
  • Key Elementary School will be closed into Ellington
  • King Elementary School will be closed into Jensen
  • Kohn Elementary School will be closed into Cullen, Lavizzo, L. Hughes
  • Lafayette Elementary School will be closed into Chopin
  • Lawrence Elementary School will be closed into Burnham
  • Manierre Elementary School will be closed into Jenner
  • Marconi Elementary Community Academy will be closed into Tilton
  • May Elementary Community Academy will be closed into Leland
  • Mayo Elementary School will be closed into Wells
  • Morgan Elementary School will be closed into Ryder
  • Near North will be closed into Montefiore
  • Overton Elementary School will be closed into Mollison
  • Owens Elementary Community Academy will be closed into Gompers
  • Paderewski Elementary Learning Academy will be closed into Cardenas and Castellanos
  • Parkman Elementary School will be closed into Sherwood
  • Peabody Elementary School will be closed into Otis
  • Pershing West Elementary Magnet School will be closed into Pershing East
  • Pope Elementary School will be closed into Johnson
  • Ross Elementary School will be closed into Dulles
  • Ryerson Elementary School will be closed into Ward
  • Sexton Elementary School will be closed into Fiske
  • Songhai Elementary Learning Institute will be closed into Curtis
  • Stewart Elementary School will be closed into Brennemann
  • Stockton Elementary School will be closed into Courtenay
  • Trumbull Elementary School will be closed into Chappell, McPherson, McCutcheon
  • Von Humboldt Elementary School will be closed into De Diego
  • West Pullman Elementary School will be closed into Haley
  • Williams Middle Prep Academy will be closed into Drake
  • Williams Multiplex Elementary School will be closed into Drake
  • Woods Elementary Math & Science Academy will be closed into Bass
  • Yale Elementary School will be closed into Harvard
  • Altgeld Elementary School will be closed into Wentworth
  • Armstrong Elementaryentary Math and Science will be closed into Leland
  • Attucks Elementaryentary School will be phased out over two years and closed into Beethoven

If you would like to voice your opinion at the next Board of Education meeting:

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 10:30 AM

CPS Central Administration Building

125 S. Clark Street, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603

For more information please visit the Chicago Board of Education’s website.

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