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Hearings to dominate CPS agenda through early February

Hearings on the 2012 Hit List will dominate the agenda at CPS headquarters at 125 S. Clark St. in Chicago during the last week of January and through the first week of February 2012. Although the Chicago Board of Education is not scheduled to meet and vote on the closing, phase out, or turnaround of the 20 schools on the "Hit List" proposed by Schools Chief Executive Officer Jean-Claude Brizard on November 30, 2011, the hearings were already becoming more and more controversial by January 26, as parents, teachers and community leaders demanded to know how Chicago school officials came up with the unusual list and whether in fact the hearings were simply "Show Trials" in the tradition of the totalitarian Show Trials of the first half of the 20th Century.

The schedule of hearings from January 27, 2012 through February 8, 2012 is as follows (two major events are also included in the calendar below):

DYETT HIGH SCHOOL CLOSING: January 27, 2012 (Friday). Dyett High School closing hearing at 125 S. Clark St., 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

LATHROP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CLOSING: January 27, 2012 (Friday). Lathrop Elementary School closing hearing at 125 S. Clark St., 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

CHICAGO UNION BUSTING AND PRIVATIZATION ORGY AT SOLDIER FIELD. MAJOR EVENT — THE 'NEW SCHOOLS EXPO': January 28, 2012 (Saturday). New Schools Expo at Soldier Filed, United Airlines “lounge” (actually, it’s huge). This is the orgy of privatization and hypocrisy that is held by the ruling class each year. Soldier Field, 9:00 – 3:00. Free parking in the south parking lot, indoors. The event is in the “United” lounge. A complete list of all participating charter schools is on the Substance website story (www.substancenews.net).

PICCOLO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TURNAROUND: January 30, 2012 (Monday). Piccolo Elementary School turnaround hearing at 125 S. Clark St., 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

CASALS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TURNAROUND: January 30, 2012 (Monday). Casals Elementary School turnaround hearing at 125 S. Clark St., 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

HERZL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TURNAROUND: January 31, 2012 (Tuesday). Herzl Elementary School turnaround hearing at 125 S. Clark St., 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

STAGG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TURNAROUND: January 31, 2012 (Tuesday). Stagg Elementary School turnaround hearing at 125 S. Clark St., 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

FULLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TURNAROUND: February 1, 2012 (Wednesday). Fuller Elementary School turnaround hearing at 125 S. Clark St., 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

WOODSON SOUTH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TURNAROUND: February 1, 2012 (Wednesday). Woodson South Elementary School turnaround hearing at 125 S. Clark St., 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

MARQUETTE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TURNAROUND: February 2, 2012 (Thursday). Marquette Elementary School turnaround hearing at 125 S. Clark St., 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

SMITH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TURNAROUND: February 2, 2012 (Thursday). Wendell Smith Elementary School turnaround hearing at 125 S. Clark St., 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

TILDEN HIGH SCHOOL TURNAROUND: February 3, 2012 (Friday). Tilden High School turnaround hearing at 125 S. Clark St., 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

CHICAGO VOCATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL TURNAROUND: February 3, 2012 (Friday). Chicago Vocational High School turnaround hearing at 125 S. Clark St., 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

MAJOR EVENT: FEBRUARY BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING. THE DONE DIRTY DEAL GETS DONE. February 22, 2012. Board of Education meeting which will vote on all closing and turnaround proposals. 125 S. Clark St. The actual agenda will be published on line at www.cps.edu by 10 a.m. on February 20 and will indicate which of the Hit List proposals the Board will go through with.



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