A citywide movement to save 22 neighborhood schools slated for the next round of closings under Mayor Daley's Renaissance 2010 plan, is gaining momentum. A bill sponsored by State Rep. Cynthia Soto, aimed at putting the breaks on Ren10 school closings, has won the support of the state's House Education Committee.
Soto's bill has drawn broad support from community groups and follows on the heels of new research challenging most of the assumptions propelling Renaissance 2010. One of the UIC studies shows that Ren10 charter schools aren't scoring any higher as a group, than traditional neighborhood schools, despite their lack of recruitment among special-education students and their lower percentage of low-income and minority students.
A press release issued by Designs for Change, highlights Peabody Elementary School, which, they say, "is one of the 11 out of 22 schools recommended for closing that out-perform students in the school system's highly-touted 'turnaround' schools."
Angela Caputo, writes in Progress Illinois:
There’s no question that CPS needs an overhaul. And, as we’ve noted before, some of the most innovative school programs, like the Austin Polytechnical Academy, have been pulled together by private interests within the Renaissance 2010 structure. But the emerging pattern -- in which CPS displaces poor children only to upgrade their schools and hand them off off to private companies that cater to fewer of the neediest students -- obviously weighs down the system elsewhere. CPS’ lack of research to prove otherwise only reinforces the need for a moratorium on school closures.Breaking News...
School Board President Rufus Williams, who has been the target of much of the anti-Renaissance 2010 school closing protests, will hand in his resignation tomorrow.
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