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Bowen small schools; Carpenter; Beidler; Andersen; Schneider and Tilton to end by September 2011? Avondale and Logandale in strange new mixture... Chicago Board of Education schedules hearings on school closings from April 6 through April 11

Masking the realities as much as possible, the Chicago Board of Education on March 28 announced on its website that it would be holding hearings on the proposed closings ("consolidations") of several elementary and high schools at the Board's headquarters at 125 S. Clark St. between April 6 and April 11, 2011.

The hearings are as follows:

Representatives from virtually all of the schools on the surprise 2011 Hit List showed up on March 28, 2011, for the hearings hosted by the Illinois Facilities Task Force at Erie House in Chicago. After leading people to believe that he would not be closing schools during the 2010 - 2011 school year, in early March CPS CEO Terry Mazany announced that he was going to propose the "consolidation" of several schools, claiming economic necessity. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.BOWEN HIGH SCHOOLS SMALL SCHOOLS (ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES, GLOBAL VISION, AND CHICAGO DISCOVERY ACADEMY TO BE CONSOLIDATED INTO NEW MILLENNIUM...

April 06 Public Hearing: Bowen Multiplex

CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOOLS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATION OF BOWEN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES, BOWEN GLOBAL VISIONS AND CHICAGO DISCOVERY ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOLS WITH NEW MILLENIUM HIGH SCHOOL

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, commencing at 6:30 p.m., a Public Hearing will be held at the Central Offices of the Board of Education of the City of Chicago, 125 South Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois, Board Chambers, 5th Floor, to receive public comment on the proposed consolidation of Bowen Environmental Studies High School, Bowen Global Visions and Chicago Discovery Academy, all located at 2710 E. 89th Street, with New Millennium High School, also located at 2710 E. 89th Street, at the end of this current school year. Anyone wishing to speak at the hearing must sign up between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on April 6th in the Board of Education’s Clark Street Lobby, 125 South Clark Street. The hearing will conclude at 8:30 p.m., or after the last person who has signed up to speak has spoken, whichever occurs first.

CONSOLIDATION OF TILTON ELEMENTARY INTO MARCONI AND LAURA WARD

April 07 Public Hearing: Tilton

CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOOLS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED CHANGE IN THE ATTTENDANCE AREA BOUNDARIES OF GEORGE W. TILTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, GUGLIELMO MARCONI ELEMENTARY COMMUNITY ACADEMY AND LAURA S. WARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, on Thursday, April 7, 2011, commencing at 8:00 p.m., a Public Hearing will be held at the Central Offices of the Board of Education of the City of Chicago, 125 South Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois, Board Chambers, 5th Floor, to receive public comment on the proposed change in the attendance area boundaries of George W. Tilton Elementary School, located at 223 N. Keeler Avenue; Guglielmo Marconi Elementary Academy, located at 230 N. Kolmar Avenue, and Laura S. Ward Elementary School, located at 410 N. Monticello Avenue. Anyone wishing to speak at the hearing must sign up between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on April 7th in the Board of Education’s Clark Street Lobby, 125 South Clark Street. The hearing will conclude at 10:00 p.m., or after the last person who has signed up to speak has spoken, whichever occurs first.

CONSOLIDATION OF ANDERSEN ELEMENTARY INTO LASALLE II

April 07 Public Hearing: Andersen

CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOOLS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATION OF HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN COMMUNITY ACADEMY WITH LASALLE II ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, on Thursday, April 7, 2011, commencing at 5:30 p.m., a Public Hearing will be held at the Central Offices of the Board of Education of the City of Chicago, 125 South Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois, Board Chambers, 5th Floor, to receive public comment on the proposed consolidation of Hans Christian Andersen Community Academy, located at 1148 N. Honore Street, with LaSalle II Magnet Elementary, also located at 1148 N. Honore Street, at the end of the current school year. Anyone wishing to speak at the hearing must sign up between 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on April 7th in the Board of Education’s Clark Street Lobby, 125 South Clark Street. The hearing will conclude at 7:30 p.m., or after the last person who has signed up to speak has spoken, whichever occurs first.

CARPENTER ELEMENTARY INTO TALCOTT

April 08 Public Hearing: Carpenter

CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOOLS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATION OF PHILO CARPENTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WITH MANCEL TALCOTT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, on Friday, April 8, 2011, commencing at 5:30 p.m., a Public Hearing will be held at the Central Offices of the Board of Education of the City of Chicago, 125 South Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois, Board Chambers, 5th Floor, to receive public comment on the proposed consolidation of Philo Carpenter Elementary School, located at 1250 W. Erie Street, with Mancel Talcott Elementary School, located at 1840 W. Ohio Street, at the end of this current school year. Anyone wishing to speak at the hearing must sign up between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on April 8th in the Board of Education’s Clark Street Lobby, 125 South Clark Street. The hearing will conclude at 7:30 p.m., or after the last person who has signed up to speak has spoken, whichever occurs first.

CONSOLIDATION OF SCHNEIDER INTO JAHN

April 08 Public Hearing: Schneider

CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOOLS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATION OF GEORGE SCHNEIDER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WITH FRIEDRICH LUDWIG JAHN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, on Friday, April 8, 2011, commencing at 8:00 p.m., a Public Hearing will be held at the Central Offices of the Board of Education of the City of Chicago, 125 South Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois, Board Chambers, 5th Floor, to receive public comment on the proposed consolidation of George Schneider Elementary School, located at 2957 N. Hoyne Street, with Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Elementary School, located at 3149 N. Wolcott Avenue, at the end of this current school year. Anyone wishing to speak at the hearing must sign up between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on April 8th in the Board of Education’s Clark Street Lobby, 125 South Clark Street. The hearing will conclude at 10:00 p.m., or after the last person who has signed up to speak has spoken, whichever occurs first.

CONSOLIDATION OF AVONDALE AND LOGANDALE

April 11 Public Hearing: Avondale

CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOOLS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATION OF AVONDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WITH LOGANDALE MIDDLE SCHOOL

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, on Monday, April 11, 2011, commencing at 8:00 p.m., a Public Hearing will be held at the Central Offices of the Board of Education of the City of Chicago, 125 South Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois, Board Chambers, 5th Floor, to receive public comment on the proposed consolidation of Avondale Elementary School, located at 2945 N. Sawyer Avenue, with Logandale Middle School, located at 3212 W. George Street, at the end of this current school year. Anyone wishing to speak at the hearing must sign up between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on April 11th in the Board of Education’s Clark Street Lobby, 125 South Clark Street. The hearing will conclude at 10:00 p.m., or after the last person who has signed up to speak has spoken, whichever occurs first.

CONSOLIDATION OF BEIDLER WITH CATHER

April 11 Public Hearing: Beidler

CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOOLS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATION OF JACOB BEIDLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WITH WILLA CATHER ELEMETARY SCHOOL

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, on Monday, April 11, 2011, commencing at 5:30 p.m., a Public Hearing will be held at the Central Offices of the Board of Education of the City of Chicago, 125 South Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois, Board Chambers, 5th Floor, to receive public comment on the proposed consolidation of Jacob Beidler Elementary School, located at 3151 W. Walnut Street with Willa Cather Elementary School, located at 2908 W. Washington Boulevard, at the end of this current school year. Anyone wishing to speak at the hearing must sign up between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on April 11th in the Board of Education’s Clark Street Lobby, 125 South Clark Street. The hearing will conclude at 7:30 p.m., or after the last person who has signed up to speak has spoken, whichever occurs first.

No hearings are scheduled for locations in the communities affected



Comments:

March 29, 2011 at 4:58 PM

By: The Retired Principal (RP)

Consolidation Hearings (kangaroo courts)

The consolidation hearings are nothing but kangaroo courts! Except for a few minor tweeks, everything will remain the same! Oh well, welcome to the wonderful world of CPS!

March 29, 2011 at 9:03 PM

By: Jacqueline Brumfield

safe passage class over crowding

my son is in the 4th grade,and he is a special ed student my son needs to be in a smaller class setting as possible and I feel if you all send our children to marconi its going to be 40-45 students in a classroom my son needs all the help he can get.We have very dedicated teachers at tilton, they go beyond there duties my son teacher works with my son after school and at saturday school, our teachers at tilton are truly for our kids.If the change had to take place why marconi can't come tp tilton our school is a much bettercampus we haVE PUT ALOT of different resources into our school new computer lab, science lab, etc.as to marconi there school isn't half up to tilton standards, marconi doesn't even have a cafeteria there students eat lunch in a gym room in which the ceiling is falling in and in the winter the classrooms are freezing.Why should we want to go backwards we want to move forward. our children shouldn't have to walk 5-7 blocks to mschool thats really putting our kids life in danger look at the drug trafficking they heve to go through at least here at tilton most of our kids are close to home. we have grandparets raising there grandchildren and they shouldn't have to walk to two seperate schools to pick up there kids.AND i'M A HANDICAP parent I'm strongly involved with my son at tilton I'm a member of theLSC, co-chair on the nclb I'm in * out of the school all day everyday if my son have to go to marconi I CAN'T WALK THAT FAR two and three times a day I also babysitt for working mothers who have pk-kind. kids and thats 5 blocks away from my home I walk on a walker.I for one am totally against your consolidation thank you.

April 8, 2011 at 6:22 PM

By: An Eye Witness

Deeply Disturbed About Media Coverage at Bowen Campus Hearing

Over 170 students, parents, teachers, administrators and community representatives came to the CPS hearing on April 6 to support Chicago Discovery Academy. All agreed consolidation of the 320 student independent school into New Millennium (175 students) was a terrible idea. The principal used data to show how New Millennium actually is not the strongest school on the Bowen Campus as CPS falsely presented. Also the LSC parent presented over 1,000 signatures and phone numbers of community members who stated they were against the consolidation. Those proposing the consolidation stated they represented the community's views. However the media (Sun Times, Channel 7 etc.)completely ignored the comments of the students, parents and teachers. No mention was ever made of the three bus loads of well behaved CDA students and parents who came out to support the school. CPS and the media acted as if the event never happened. I know communist and represionist nations kill the news they do not want published. I am embarrassed that the U.S media is for sale and misrepresents history because it is in the pocket of politicians.

April 8, 2011 at 6:29 PM

By: J. Edward Patrick

Bowen Hearing

Yes, I also was at the Bowen hearing and what you say is true! However, this is CPS and the deed is done! CPS will point to the reversal of their plans to close Tilton to show that CPS is fair. Not! Welcome to the wonderful world of CPS!

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