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An overhaul of the district’s career education programs seeks to make classes more challenging and put career-track students on the path to higher ed, but many schools have lost programs, and fewer students are participating overall.

school closings

March 31, 2014

Chicago Public Schools is collecting ideas and proposals for more than 40 of the school buildings it shuttered in last year’s massive school closing on a website the district launched Friday. (Sun-Times)

March 14, 2014

To help sell its plans for closing 50 schools, CPS leaders claimed that it would cost more than $400 million over the next decade to keep the buildings open, repair them and maintain them. Closings the buildings would thus save a big chunk of money.

But now that the district is trying to get the shuttered buildings off the books, officials have dramatically reduced their initial estimate of maintenance costs.

February 07, 2014

Maintaining vacant schools would cost the Chicago Public Schools some $3.5 million a year, according to a report issued Friday by the mayor’s Advisory Committee for School Repurposing and Community Development.

December 27, 2013

“Phasing-out” is a euphemism for slow death in Chicago Public Schools, which has become increasingly aggressive about closing public schools in poor and African-American neighborhoods. Walter Dyett High School is scheduled to close at the end of next school year, at which point, community groups say, there will be no other viable public high school in the neighborhood–essentially creating a “school desert.” (MSNBC)

December 18, 2013

Chicago’s board of education will consider yet another significant increase in what it is paying to empty out Chicago’s closed school buildings.

December 13, 2013

WBEZ's "Curious City" looked into what happened to all the "stuff" in Chicago's closed schools. Turns out that moving all the contents of closed schools has cost $19 million, almost twice what CPS estimated it would cost.

November 21, 2013

The difficult battle of finding a good school for children with autism or other severe cognitive disabilities is usually waged behind the scenes, by moms and dads sitting in small conference rooms with social workers and other specialists.

But last fall, some parents were forced to go public after CPS announced the impending shutdown of 49 schools, a third of which had what are called special education cluster programs—special, separate programs for children with serious disabilities.

November 20, 2013

Parents from Lincoln Elementary reacted at Wednesday's board meeting to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s controversial plan to build an $18 million addition to the school, with some expressing elation while others pointed out a less expensive solution: redrawing attendance boundaries so some Lincoln students would be sent to other nearby schools, Alcott or Mayer.

November 15, 2013

CBS Chicago's Dana Kozlov visited one of CPS' welcoming schools – DePriest Elementary that took in more than 100 students this fall after the district ordered the closing of 49 public school buildings — to see how the adjustment is going. As the principal says, it’s a work in progress.

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