Thursday, March 1, 2018

CPS votes to close four Englewood high schools

[VIDEO] Yesterday the Chicago Board of Education voted to close four Englewood high schools. As you see in the video above we see the activists and the youth being fired up over the actions by the schools. The four schools in Englewood - Harper, Hope, Team Englewood, and Robeson - were to be closed due to decreasing enrollment for a new high school to be built were Robeson High School currently stands at 6835 S. Normal.

Here's an article from the Sun-Times
And a brief excerpt:

Despite emotional opposition, Chicago’s Board of Education voted Wednesday on the first school closings since 2013, a historic measure that also affected primarily African-American schools.

All six current school board members voted to permanently close Harper, Hope, Robeson and Team Englewood high schools, the last four neighborhood schools in that South Side community. Former principal Gail Ward abstained from voting to close National Teachers Academy elementary school, which will gradually be turned into a high school for the booming South Loop.

 The closings, based on what CPS called “community support,” are likely a sign of what’s to come in the near future for the district’s many other schools hollowed out by shrinking enrollment overall combined with the addition of new schools. A five-year moratorium imposed to allow the 2013 closings ends in June.

Since CPS allocates money to schools per student, the Englewood high schools’ enrollments have plunged too far to offer a full courseload. After Robeson closes in June, a state-of-the-art high school will be built on its campus, 6835 S Normal Blvd. The new $85 million school will open in the fall of 2019 to 9th graders.
Here are some additional tweets with regards to today's closings in Englewood.

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