Chicago to shutter dozens of schools

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    http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/21/us/illinois-chicago-school-closures/?hpt=hp_c1

    Chicago (CNN) -- Chicago school officials said Thursday that they plan to close dozens of schools in a bid to improve education and tackle a $1 billion deficit.

    The move would shutter 61 school buildings, including 53 underused schools and one program. The cut represents roughly 10% of all elementary school facilities in Chicago Public Schools, the country's third-largest school district.

    "Every child in every neighborhood in Chicago deserves access to a high-quality education that prepares them to succeed in life, but for too long children in certain parts of Chicago have been cheated out of the resources they need to succeed because they are in underutilized, under-resourced schools," said Barbara Byrd-Bennett, chief executive officer of CPS..............

    The Chicago Teachers Union opposes the closures, which it says would disproportionately affect African-American students. The union also warns the move would expose students to gang violence and turf wars, an apparent reference to neighborhood loyalties.

    "This city cannot destroy that many schools at one time, and we contend that no school should be closed in the city of Chicago. These actions will not only put our students' safety and academic careers at risk but also further destabilize our neighborhoods," said Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.

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    For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. That is a big change, for the kids, the schools and the city. I am glad I don't live in Chicago right now.
     
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    Chicago gets 11,000 requests for safe passage to schools, will hire 600 adults to work routes

    CHICAGO – The city of Chicago, which plans to close dozens of schools this summer to save money, has received 11,000 requests for help getting children to their new schools along safe-passage routes.

    The Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/17bnWa2 ) that 600 adults will be hired next month to work along the routes, which are being established to make sure students from closed schools can get to their new schools safely.

    Jadine Chou, Chicago Public Schools officer of safety and security, said parents at more than 40 schools receiving students from closed schools have had a chance to see the proposed safe routes and have given their input.


    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/06/1...chools-will-hire-600-adults-to/#ixzz2WJyzFRHV
     

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