|School closers Babbitz & Byrd-Bennett|
“CPS needs to make sure it’s not fixing what isn’t broken. The District must not shutter schools that, though technically underutilized, are vibrant hubs of community activity housed in high-quality buildings, and that serve as an anchoring force in their neighborhoods.” -- Commission on School Utilization, Interim Report, Jan. 10th
“We know that in the past we haven’t done a terrific job of tracking students and understanding their outcomes.” -- Todd Babbitz, head of the CPS department that handles school closings.
“We were challenged when we did 10 schools.” -- Board member, Andrea Zopp.
“This isn’t about buildings to me. This is about moving heart, blood and soul of children and families, and that’s delicate, and it must be done with respect, and the kind of nurturing and support that children and families need in that transition." -- CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett
"Children in shuttered schools must be sent schools that are at least as good if not better....Unilaterally right now, we cannot say in every neighborhood a parent can go to a neighborhood school that is of a higher quality option because often in places it simply doesn’t not exist at this time." -- More Byrd-BennettThese quotes are all taken from this Sun-Times report.