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School closing hearings continue first week of February... Marshall and Phillips high schools on February 1 at 125 S. Clark St.

Hearings on proposed closings, consolidations, phase outs and "turnarounds" for Chicago's public schools continue on February 1, 2010, and for the next two weeks. Since the hearings and locations are subject to possible change, it's best for people to call CPS before making plans to attend the hearings. On Saturday, January 30, hearing office Fred Bates ended the hearing on Curtis Elementary School after parents, teachers and community residents became angry at Batest's high-handed approach to the hearing.

At the hearings on the proposed closing of Guggenheim Elementary School on January 28, several students testified against the closing of the schools they described as "family." A number of them were moved to tears, but under rules established by Hearing Officer Fred Bates, the students were identified only by a number. Above, "Student Number Two" begins crying after trying to explain what Guggenheim means to him and his family. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.The schedule is as follows: CPS HEADQUARTERS SCHEDULE. Schedule for hearings at 125 S. Clark St.

January 28, 2010. CURTIS. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Curtis Elementary School (TO BE CLOSED). CEO Presenter Ryan Crosby; Hearing held and reported at www.substancenews.net January 2010 Home Page.

January 28, 2010. GUGGENHEIM. 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Guggenheim Elementary School (TO BE CLOSED). CEO Presenter Ryan Crosby; Hearing held and reported at www.substancenews.net January 2010 Home Page.

January 29, 2010. MC CORKLE. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. McCorkle Elementary School (TO BE CONSOLIDATED). CEO Presenter Pat Taylor; Hearing held and reported at www.substancenews.net January 2010 Home Page.

January 29, 2010. LAS CASAS OCCUPATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL. 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Las Casas Occupational High School (TO BE CLOSED). CEO Presenter Pat Taylor. Hearing held and reported at www.substancenews.net January 2010 Home Page.

February 1, 2010. PHILLIPS HIGH SCHOOL. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Phillips High School (TO BE TURNED AROUND BY AUSL); CEO Presenter Ryan Crosby.

February 1, 2010. MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL. 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Marshall High School (TO BE TURNED AROUND BY CPS CENTRAL OFFICE OF TURNAROUND). CEO Presenter Ryan Crosby;

Wednesday, February 3, 2010. TILTON AND MARCONI ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tilton and Marconi Elementary Schools (TO BE CONSOLIDATED BECAUSE OF UNDERUTILIZATION/ UNDERENROLLMENT). CEO Presenter Jimm Dispensa.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010. PRESCOTT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Prescott Elementary School (TO BE CONSOLIDATED BECAUSE OF UNDERUTILIZATION/ UNDERENROLLMENT). CEO Presenter Jimm Dispensa.

Thursday, February 4, 2010. GILLESPIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Gillespie Elementary School (TO BE TURNED AROUND BY AUSL). CEO Presenter Ryan Crosby; LAW DEPT presenter (Not yet announced).

Friday, February 5, 2010. PADEREWSKI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Gillespie Elementary School (TO RELOCATED CONSOLIDATED). CEO Presenter Jimm Dispensa; LAW DEPT presenter (Not yet announced).

Monday, February 8, 2010. DENEEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Deneen Elementary School (TO BE TURNED AROUND). CEO Presenter Ryan Crosby. LAW DEPT presenter (Not yet announced).

Monday, February 8, 2010. MOLLISON AND WELLS PREP ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Mollison Elementary School (TO BE RELOCATED/ CONSOLIDATED). CEO Presenter Ryan Crosby. LAW DEPT presenter (Not yet announced).

Tuesday, February 9, 2010. SCHNEIDER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Schneider Elementary School (TO BE PHASED OUT). CEO Presenter Jimm Dispensa, LAW DEPT presenter (Not yet announced).

Wednesday, February 10, 2010. BRADWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Bradwell Elementary School (TO BE TURNED AROUND). CEO Presenter (Not yet announced), LAW DEPT presenter (Not yet announced).

COMMUNITY HEARINGS...

January 30, 2010 (SATURDAY). CURTIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Curtis Elementary School (TO BE CLOSED). CEO Presenter Ryan Crosby; LAW DEPT presenter (Not yet announced). LOCATION: At Curtis Elementary School, 32 E. 115th St.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010. GUGGENHEIM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Guggenheim Elementary School (TO BE CLOSED). CEO Presenter Ryan Crosby. LOCATION: At Guggenheim Elementary School, 7141 S. Morgan St.

February 4, 2010. LAS CASAS OCCUPATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Las Casas Occupational High School (TO BE CLOSED). CEO Presenter Pat Taylor. LOCATION: At Ninos Heroes Elementary School, 8344 S. Commercial.

February 6, 2010 (SATURDAY). PRESCOTT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Curtis Elementary School (TO BE CLOSED BECAUSE OF UNDERUTILIZATION UNDERENROLLMENT). CEO Presenter Jimm Dispensa. LOCATION: At Prescott 1632 W. Wrightwood.

CPS is expected to update this schedule as changes take place. Please check with CPS before planning on the basis of this calendar. This report is based on material provided to the press by the CPS Office of Communications at the end of the CPS press conference on January 19, 2010. 

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