Protesting the closing of another Chicago school and what the latest research says about the 2013 school closings.

Last October parents and teachers from the highly regarded National Teachers Academy marched on Mayor Rahm’s north side home to protest the plans to close the NTA and turn it into a new high school. We have discussed the closing of the NTA several times on Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. In this podcast […]

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Study: 2013 School closings hurt Chicago’s children. But CPS CEO Janice Jackson says she will not be deterred from closing schools.

Photo credit: Fred Klonsky. May 2013. Previous research warned Rahm and CPS that closings would hurt Chicago’s students. Parents and teachers said the same thing. Thousands marched in the streets in opposition to Rahm’s plan to shutter 300 and then finally 50 schools. But Rahm and CPS would not be deterred. Five years later a […]

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Collective action to stop school closings. Contracts matter and a movement.

CTU VP Jesse Sharkey and others showed up at CPS headquarters yesterday with a copy of the contract that the union bargained with the board. The teachers’ contract — which was reached minutes before a 2016 strike deadline — allows closing schools only “where the school cannot satisfy graduation requirements for students” and only after […]

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Leaving Hillarytown.

-Arthur Goldstein blogs at NYC Educator. Hillary Clinton opened her mouth the other day, and said she wouldn’t keep open any school that wasn’t better than average. She later clarified to say she meant good, rather than better than average. To me, that was not much of a distinction. I work in a good school, […]

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Random thoughts. Averages.

This clip of Hillary is making the social media rounds this morning. I will tell you whose Facebook news feed it’s on. Every teacher I know. They are NEA and AFT members who may well be wondering why our leadership rushed their endorsement of her. They are math teachers who wonder what Hillary was doing when […]

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Save Dyett.

From Progress Illinois: Chicago education activists are ramping up their fight to save Walter H. Dyett High School from closing at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. At a news conference at City Hall on Monday, a coalition of parents, students and South Side community leaders blasted Chicago Ald. Will Burns (4th), whose ward […]

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“Twelve Months Later: The Impact of School Closings in Chicago” examines myriad of CPS’s Broken Promises.

CHICAGO—The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) released today a report on the state of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) one year after the Board of Education (BOE) voted to close 49 elementary schools and one high school program, the largest, one-time school closing action in U.S. history and a decision made in the wake of massive opposition […]

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