New network structure hurts North Lawndale schools

North Lawndale is in a precarious position. In our community, this new structure has separated our neighborhood high schools from the elementary schools. Collins High School is an AUSL school, and so will only be reaching out to AUSL elementary schools. North Lawndale College Prep and other charters will be isolated into another different network. There is no traditional high school in North Lawndale with which the remaining traditional elementary schools can be aligned.

Emanuel says Marine Academy to take over Ames School

UPDATE: CPS officials now say that Ames will convert to a military school and add high school grades, but that Marine Math and Science Academy will not move into the Ames building, according to WBEZ and the Chicago Tribune. The news comes just days after Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Marine Academy would relocate into the Ames building, a move that Ames parents had long suspected and fought against. The relocation would have effectively shuttered Ames just months after the controversial closure of 49 schools.

For over a year, parents at Ames Middle School fought a proposal by 26th Ward Ald. Roberto Maldonado to move Marine Math and Science Academy into the school. They held rallies, showed up at school board meetings, and contacted decision makers – only to be told that CPS had no such plan in the works. Yet on Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced exactly that move.

CPS won’t take recommendations against closings

CPS officials on Tuesday mostly dismissed the conclusions by independent hearing officers that the district should not close 11 schools, without addressing safety concerns and questions about the academics at the receiving schools.  

Speaking on background, the officials said that the hearing officers–who concluded that CPS did not comply with state law and therefore should not close the schools–either did not understand or over-stepped their role.