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THE SEMI-FINAL HIT LIST? Public may be unable to find a complete list as... Complete Hit List buried in CPS Web site propaganda and talking points...Actual list of the 'closing' schools is almost impossible to find, as media lists vary and CPS buries the names of the schools behind a barrage of pres

Despite the fact that Chicago Public Schools has now declared that it will be closing the largest number of real public schools in any city in the history of the United States of America -- citing claims of an "underutilization crisis" that school officials have failed to prove but have never been cross examined on -- finding and reviewing the actual list proved impossible as the numbers began to pour our late in the day on March 21, 2013 and into the morning of March 22, 2013.

While Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis joined students at Mahalia Jackson Elementary School on the day the 2013 Hit List was finally announced, top officials of Chicago Public Schools hid behind emails and other barriers. Meanwhile, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was skiing in Utah, in a manner reminding Chicagoans of Michael Bilandic's 1979 AWOL from the Chicago blizzard of January 1979. One result of the refusal of Byrd-Bennett to face reporters in open press conferences and answer unscripted questions is that the CPS 2013 Hit List is a confused mess, with many schools unexplained, and in some cases children facing a "walk" of more than a mile (and sometimes two miles) to get to their so-called new schools. What top CPS officials, none of whom is experienced in Chicago, failed to realize as they reduced a complex reality to the pablum of Power Point and Excel was that children can be traveling from the far end of one school's "attendance area" to the other school -- since children do not live in a school, but in the community served by the school. CPS, which is still routinely praised by some media for its lies about "underutilization" and "deficits", has surrounded the current "Chief Executive Officer", who came to Chicago a year ago from Detroit, with a phalanx of officials who are also from beyond public education and usually from outside of Chicago.CPS itself refused, as usual, to hold a press conference where reporters could ask critical questions to "Chief Executive Officer" Barbara Byrd Bennett and whichever aides she chose to bring forward. In order to find the list of the schools to be closed, anyone going to the cps website had to go through a link in a massive press release talking about all the new programs CPS and Mayor Rahm Emanuel were bringing into the schools. But with a little work it was possible to get a PDF of the list, compare it with what was provided to other media, and come up with the following. Substance has included the addresses and ZIP Codes of the schools on the "closing" Hit List for this year. CPS has also listed separately schools to be "co-located" (some of which have already happened) and schools to be subjected to so-callec "turnaround" (legally, reconstitution).

The addresses and ZIP codes of the schools listed below were taken from two print directories of Chicago Public Schools which are part of the Substance library (and now part of the Chicago Teachers Union research library as part of a donation from Substance). The main listing came from CPS, which has the names of the schools and some narration about what is supposedly proposed to happen. Then we went to the "Chicago Public Schools Directory, 1988 - 1989" for basic address and other information. (That year was just before massive privatization and other changes began making CPS information less and less reliable). Schools not on the earlier directory were checked against the "Chicago Public Schools Calendar and Directory 2007 - 2008" (the last year Arne Duncan, who began the closings and other privatization attacks on real public schools, was CEO).

Schools that we couldn't locate were indicated with a (_____________).

In some cases, the names of the schools were either misspelled or so new that we couldn't locate them. In that case (e.g., "Curtin Elemetary") we indicated the name with "sic" and then guessed. ALPBAHETICAL LIST OF CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS LISTED FOR ‘CLOSING’ BY CPS ON MARCH 21, 2013. (This list does not include schools slated for “turnaround” or “co-locations”) This list was first published by Crain’s Chicago Business.

1. Altgeld Elementary (1340 W. 71st St., Chicago 60636) will be closed and students moved to Wentworth Elementary (6950 S. Sangamon Chicago 60621).

2. Armstrong, Louis, Elementary (5345 W. Congress, Chicago 60644) – where is an “Armstrong” on W. Harrison near? -- will be closed and merged with Leland Elementary (5221 W. Congress, Chicago 60644) which will be relocated a half mile to the east.

3. Attucks Elementary (3813 S. Dearborn, Chicago 60609) will be merged with Beethoven Elementary (25 W. 47th St., Chicago 60609), over three years. NOTE: But Attucks is closed already, and the kids who had been going to Attucks have been going to Farren (5055 S. State, Chicago 60609) for the past two years, and the Attucks building has been allowed to decline into the shape CTU photographed two weeks ago.

4. Banneker Elementary (6656 S. Normal, Chicago 60621) will be closed and students shifted to Mays Elementary (838 W. Marquette, Chicago 60621) which will be relocated to the building in which Banneker Elementary now is housed.

5. Bethune Elementary (3030 W. Arthington, Chicago 60612) will be closed and students shifted to Gregory Elementary (3715 W. Polk, Chicago 60624).

6. Bontemps Elementary (1241 W. 58th St., Chicago 60636) will be closed with students moved to Nicholson Technology Academy (6006 S. Peoria, Chicago 60621).

7. Calhoun Elementary (2833 W. Adams, Chicago 60612) will be closed and students moved to Cather Elementary (2908 W. Washington, Chicago 60612).

8. Canter Middle (4959 S. Blackstone, Chicago 60615) will close, with students moved to Harte Elementary (1556 E. 56th St., Chicago 60637) and Ray Elementary (5631 S.Kimbark Ave., Chicago 60637).

9. Duprey Elementary (currently inside Von Humboldt, 2620 W. Hirsch, Chicago 60622) and Von Humboldt Elementary (2620 W. Hirsch, Chicago 60622) will be closed. Students will be moved to Diego Elementary (1313 N. Claremont, Chicago 60622), which will operate in its current building and the Duprey/Von Humboldt building (2620 W. Hirsch, Chicago 60622).

10. Delano Elementary (3905 W. Wilcox, Chicago 60624) will be merged with Melody Elementary (412 S. Keller, Chicago 60624), but Melody (412 S. Keller, Chicago 60624) will operate out of the Delano building (3905 W. Wilcox, Chicago 60624).

11. Dumas Technology Academy (6650 S. Ellis, Chicago 60637) will merge with Wadsworth Elementary (6434 S. University, Chicago 60637), but Wadsworth will relocate to the Dumas building (6650 S. Ellis, Chicago 60637).

12. Emett Elementary (5500 W. Madison, Chicago 60644) will close, with students moved to DePriest (140 S. Central, Chicago 60644) and Ellington Elementary School (244 N. Central, Chicago 60644).

13. Ericson Elementary (3600 W. Fifth Ave, Chicago 60624) will close, with students sent to Sumner Elementary (4320 W. Fifth Ave, Chicago, IL 60624).

14. Fermi Elementary (1450 E. 70th St., Chicago 60637) will merge into South Shore Fine Arts (____________).

15. Garfield Park Elementary (____________) will close, with students sent to Faraday Elementary (3250 W. Monroe, Chicago 60624).

16. Garvey (Marcus) Elementary (10309 W. Morgan St., Chicago 60643) will close and students sent to Mount Vernon Elementary (10540 W. Morgan, Chicago 60643).

17. Goldblatt Elementary (4257 W. Adams, Chicago 60624) will close and students be sent to Heffernan Elementary (4409 W. Wilcox, Chicago 60624).

18. Goodlow Elementary (2040 W. 62nd St., Chicago, IL 60636) will merge with Earle Elementary (6121 S. Hermitage, Chicago 60636), but the enlarged Earle will operate out of Goodlow's building.

19. Henson Elementary (1326 S. Avers, Chicago 60623) will close and students moved to Hughes (Charles Evans) Elementary (4247 W. 15th St., Chicago 60623).

20. Herbert Elementary (2131 W. Monroe, Chicago 60612) will merge with Dett Elementary (2306 W. Maypole, Chicago 60612), but the newly enlarged school will operate out of the old Herbert building.

21. Jackson (Mahalia) Elementary 917 W. 88th St., Chicago 60620) will close and be merged into Fort Dearborn Elementary (9025 S. Throop, Chicago 60620).

22. Key Elementary (517 N. Parkside, Chicago 60644) will close and students sent to Ellington Elementary (224 N. Central Ave., Chicago 60644).

23. King (William) Elementary (740 S. Campbell, Chicago 60612) will be closed and students sent to Jensen Elementary (3030 W. Harrison, Chicago 60612).

24. Kohn Elementary (10414 S. State, Chicago 60628) will be closed, and students sent to Cullen (10650 S. Eberhart, Chicago 60628), Hughes (Langston) (226 W. 104th St., Chicago 60628) and Lavizzo (138 W. 109th St., Chicago 60628) Elementary Schools

25. Lafayette Elementary (2714 W. Augusta, Chicago, IL 60622) will close and students be moved to Chopin Elementary (2450 W. Rice St., Chicago 60622).

26. Lawrence Elementary (9928 S. Crandon, Chicago 60617) will be merged into Burnham Elementary (1903 E. 96th St., Chicago 60617), but the enlarged school will operate out of the current Burnham building

27. Manierre Elementary (1420 N. Hudson, Chicago 60610) will close and students sent to Jenner Elementary (1119 N. Cleveland, Chicago 60610).

28. Marconi Elementary (230 N. Kolmar, Chicago 60624) will close and students sent to Tilton Elementary (223 N. Keeler, Chicago 60624).

29. Mayo Elementary (249 E. 37th St., Chicago 60653) will merge with Wells (Prep) Elementary (244 E. Pershing Road, Chicago 60653), but the enlarged school will operate out of the current Mayo building.

30. Morgan Elementary (8407 S. Kerfoot, Chicago 60620) will be closed and students sent to Ryder Elementary (8716 S. Wallace, Chicago 60620).

31. Overton Elementary (221 E. 49th St., Chicago 60615) will close and students be sent to Mollison Elementary (4415 S. Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago 60653).

32. Owens (Jesse) Elementary (12450 S State St., Chicago 60628) will close and students sent to Gompers Elementary (12302 S. State, Chicago 60628). 33. Paderewski Elementary (2221 S. Lawndale, Chicago 60623) will close and students sent to two elementary schools, Castellanos (2524 S. Central Park, Chicago 60623) and Cardenas (2345 S. Millard, Chicago 60623).

34. Parkman Elementary (245 W. 51st St., Chicago 60609) will close and students sent to Sherwood Elementary (245 W. 57th St., Chicago 60621).

35. Peabody Elementary (1444 W. Augusta Blvd, Chicago 60622) will close and students sent to Otis Elementary (525 N. Armour, Chicago 60622).

36. Pershing Middle School (3113 S. Rhodes, Chicago 60616) will close and students sent to Pershing Elementary (3200 S. Calumet, Chicago 60616). The two schools also are known as Pershing West and Pershing East

37. Pope Elementary (1852 S. Albany, Chicago 60623) will close and students be moved to Johnson Elementary (1420 S. Albany, Chicago 60623).

38. Ross Elementary (6059 S. Wabash, Chicago 60637) will close and students be sent to Dulles Elementary (6311 S. Calumet, Chicago 60637).

39. Ryerson Elementary (646 N. Lawndale, Chicago 60624) will merge with Ward (Laura) Elementary (410 N. Monticello, Chicago 60624), but the enlarged school will operate out of the current Ryerson building.

40. Sexton Elementary (6020 S. Langley, Chicago 60637) will merge with Fiske Elementary (6145 S. Ingleside, Chicago 60637), but the enlarged school will operate out of the Sexton building.

41. Songhai Elementary (11725 S. Perry, Chicago 60628) will close and students move to Curtin (do they mean Curtis?). Elementary (If Curtis, they are to be located at 32 E. 115th St., Chicago 60628). 42. Stewart Elementary (4525 N. Kenmore, Chicago 60640) will close and students move to Brennermann (sic) Elementary (4251 N. Clarendon, Chicago 60613).

43. Stockton Elementary (4420 N. Beacon, Chicago 60640) will merge with Courtenay Elementary (1726 W. Berteau, Chicago 60613), but the enlarged school will operate out of the current Stockton building.

44. Trumbull Elementary (5200 N. Ashland, Chicago 60640) will close, with students moved to three elementary schools: Chappell (5145 N. Leavitt, Chicago 60625), McPherson (4728 N. Wolcott, Chicago 60640) and McCutcheon (4865 N. Sheridan, Chicago 60640).

45. West Pullman (11941 S. Parnell, Chicago 60628) will close and students moved to Haley Elementary (11411 S. Eggleston, Chicago 60628).

46. Williams Elementary (2710 S. Dearborn St., Chicago 60616) and Williams Middle Schools (2710 S. Dearborn St., Chicago 60616) will be closed and students go to Drake Elementary (2722 S. Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago 60616), with the enlarged school operating out of the current Drake building.

47. Woods Elementary (6206 S. Racine, Chicago 60636) will close and students be moved to Bass Elementary (1140 W. 66th St., Chicago 60621).

48. Yale Elementary (7025 S. Princeton, Chicago 60621) will close and students be moved to Harvard Elementary (7525 S. Harvard, Chicago 60620).



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