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Chicago to close 54 schools to address $1B deficit
ABC6 ^ | 3/21/13 | SARA BURNETT and JASON KEYSER Associated Press

Posted on 03/21/2013 3:47:33 PM PDT by mdittmar

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Public Schools officials said Thursday they plan to close 54 schools in an effort to address a $1 billion budget shortfall and improve a struggling educational system - a plan that drew the ire of parents and teachers.

District CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel say the closures are necessary because too many CPS buildings are half-empty. The nation's third-largest district, CPS has about 403,000 students but has seats for more than 500,000, officials say. But opponents say the closures will disproportionately affect minority children and endanger students who may have to cross gang boundaries to attend school.

The plan will affect about 30,000 students, CPS officials said. They say money being spent to keep underutilized schools open could be better used to educate students elsewhere.

"Every child in every neighborhood in Chicago deserves access to a high quality education that prepares them to succeed in life, but for too long children in certain parts of Chicago have been cheated out of the resources they need to succeed because they are in underutilized, under-resourced schools," Byrd-Bennett said. "As a former teacher and a principal, I've lived through school closings and I know that this will not be easy, but I also know that in the end this will benefit our children."

Critics say the closings are unnecessary and will devastate communities, particularly poor, minority neighborhoods.

(Excerpt) Read more at abc6.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: chicago; illinois; schools; urban
That's a shame.
1 posted on 03/21/2013 3:47:33 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

It’s not as if a lot of those students were getting any use out of them anyway. You can lead a horse to water...


2 posted on 03/21/2013 3:48:07 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mdittmar

Home schooling is the answer.


3 posted on 03/21/2013 3:50:42 PM PDT by lurk
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To: mdittmar

Of course they would never consider cutting the administration.

You could eliminate 90% of the costs of school district administration and not miss a beat.


4 posted on 03/21/2013 3:52:00 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mdittmar

What about midnight basketball?


5 posted on 03/21/2013 3:53:12 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: mdittmar

“But opponents say the closures will disproportionately affect minority children and endanger students who may have to cross gang boundaries to attend school.”

Then tell Rham to do something about the gangs. What a concept....


6 posted on 03/21/2013 3:53:17 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: al baby

Where will gang members go to during the day now?


7 posted on 03/21/2013 3:57:23 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mdittmar

Is that $18 million per school!?? With only 555 students per school?!! Did I figure that correctly?


8 posted on 03/21/2013 3:58:18 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: mdittmar

Step in the right direction


9 posted on 03/21/2013 4:05:45 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: mdittmar
As long as they pay the retired people what is the problem?

When you promise unicorns and candy to voters today that does not have to be paid by them this is what you get.

Their funding gap is due to promises made decades ago to voters who care not for any one except themselves.

If students today have to suffer who cares?

Just make sure administrators get 100% of their retirement benefits.

10 posted on 03/21/2013 4:07:25 PM PDT by highpockets
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To: lurk

“Home schooling is the answer.”

Do you really think that Gundarena can home school her 6 kids by 6 different guys? No way!


11 posted on 03/21/2013 4:09:49 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: dfwgator

Maybe if the U.S. Department of Education was eliminated those kids wouldn’t have to deal with all those gangs.


12 posted on 03/21/2013 4:10:21 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar
"Our parents know about this area," she said. "They don't know about those other areas. If they send him way north or way south, I'm not going to do that. It's too dangerous."

The kids could encounter a Tea Party partisan with an assault rifle and be scandalized....

13 posted on 03/21/2013 4:10:53 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: mdittmar
opponents say the closures will disproportionately affect minority children and endanger students who may have to cross gang boundaries

What a heartless racist!
/sarc

(You know that's what they'd be screaming if Ms. Byrd-Bennett were a white Republican...or white Hispanic.)

14 posted on 03/21/2013 4:13:11 PM PDT by Nevermore (...just a typical cracker, clinging to my Constitutional rights...)
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To: al baby
What about midnight basketball?

To many gangs out there,wear the wrong color jersey and you get shot.

15 posted on 03/21/2013 4:14:05 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Eventually you run out of others people’s money.

No money for schools but plenty for retirements and to pay people not to work.


16 posted on 03/21/2013 4:15:46 PM PDT by edcoil (If the man was accused of leadership, there would not be enough evidence to convict him.)
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To: mdittmar

Rahm wasn’t even in Chicago when news of the school closings was released. He’s skiing in Utah.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130321/chicago/rahm-on-vacation-as-school-closings-list-leaks


17 posted on 03/21/2013 4:22:29 PM PDT by Atlantan
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To: mdittmar

Home school if they can, move if they can’t. I smell blood and danger.


18 posted on 03/21/2013 4:23:53 PM PDT by Karliner ( Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28- 8:38"...this is the end of the beginning."WC)
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To: nascarnation

Blacks didn’t give a rats a** about whites put on buses and bused to the other end of town, why should we give a rats a** about them being bused to another part of gang territory. Wait till amnesty and hispanics move into the city and kick their butts. Popcorn season is about to begin.


19 posted on 03/21/2013 4:25:34 PM PDT by Fee
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To: Norm Lenhart

I thought Chicago was supposed to be safe due to their strict gun laws. What happened?


20 posted on 03/21/2013 4:27:38 PM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

Dunno. I was told strict gun laws cured this stuff.

you know... I;m starting to think they really don’t. But that’s just crazy. Liberals would never say things that weren’t true. MSNBC said so.


21 posted on 03/21/2013 4:31:05 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: mdittmar

But schools a re a gun free zone


22 posted on 03/21/2013 4:33:51 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: dfwgator

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGQ-ISsDm8M


23 posted on 03/21/2013 4:36:47 PM PDT by edcoil (If the man was accused of leadership, there would not be enough evidence to convict him.)
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To: mdittmar

When one has to figure out gang boundaries to figure out how to manage the schools......it’s over. Shut it down and start from scratch.


24 posted on 03/21/2013 4:45:41 PM PDT by Blackirish (Forward Comrades!!!!!!!!!)
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To: mdittmar

Money for The Moslem Brotherhood and al Qaeda
and terrorists worldwide, but not one dime for
American children.


25 posted on 03/21/2013 4:54:21 PM PDT by Diogenesis (De Oppresso Liber)
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To: Norm Lenhart

This is so wonderful. You can’t teach Shakespeare to these gang bangers. The key to responding to gun deaths is to declare gangs “terrorists” and then Drone their asses.zap!! I love it. we will do that when we get in power.


26 posted on 03/21/2013 5:17:04 PM PDT by willardwx
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To: dfwgator

so long as those teachers don;t move south looking for a job


27 posted on 03/21/2013 5:23:18 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Diogenesis

And how many republicans ever mention that one very pertinent FACT?

Gee. Can’t understand why no one cares. Perhaps if they actually heard and thought about it?

Nah....that’s never work.


28 posted on 03/21/2013 5:24:19 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: mdittmar

Is it safe to say closing the schools but keeping the UNION teachers for the children


29 posted on 03/21/2013 5:25:38 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: Fee

Wait till amnesty and hispanics move into the city and kick their butts. Popcorn season is about to begin.
***

It’s sad, but when you continuously vote stupidly, act stupidly, don’t give a hoot about your dignity, your education, your morals, your own people and the continual pitiful condition you and they are in year and year, decade after decade ..if you TRULY are not intelligent enough to give a hoot or figure out what to do DIFFERENTLY to solve the problem then, I dunno ...maybe it’s just survival of the fittest kind of thing. I hate to say that, but it just seems to be true with this particular group.

I wish it wasn’t so. So many have been trying to tell them HOW and WHAT to do differently for a long time ..but they stubbornly refuse to take that advice. What may happen in the coming years to them is REALLY going to be sad and awful to watch. I mean ..it’s already been awful to see and to watch for YEARS ...yet it continues.

What’s sad are the crack babies ..the poor sick kids ...the kids born into it, innocent, yet in time, they too fall to the same fate. I think it weighs on everyone in our country ...we laugh, we joke about it . .. but in the end, it’s just horrific to see, to witness ...and equally as horrific to be TAXED into supporting it.


30 posted on 03/21/2013 5:55:51 PM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: mdittmar

Good grief...they have to worry about crossing GANG BOUNDARIES!!! What are the union cops doing as the city is split into gang-controlled areas?


31 posted on 03/21/2013 6:11:29 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: mdittmar
Rahm Emanuel say the closures are necessary because too many CPS buildings are half-empty. The nation's third-largest district, CPS has about 403,000 students but has seats for more than 500,000, officials say

403,000/500,000*100 = 80.6%. That's quite a leap to round to one half. A whole is closer.

32 posted on 03/21/2013 7:01:27 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks mdittmar.
District CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel say... too many CPS buildings are half-empty... 403,000 students but has seats for more than 500,000... opponents say the closures will disproportionately affect minority children and endanger students who may have to cross gang boundaries to attend school. The plan will affect about 30,000 students...
Must be that 97,000 gap is due to the total lack of gun control in Chicago. /s
33 posted on 03/21/2013 7:27:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: mdittmar
Every child in every neighborhood in Chicago deserves access to a high quality education

No. First of all, where is that written? Second, not every child is educable or can function inside a school. But most importantly education costs money. Money has to come from people that work. Work is an expenditure of a persons time and energy. Its literally a person's life. Nobody has any rightful claim on anyone else's life or what they produce. Forcing someone to work for the benefit of others with compensation is slavery. Its the worst form of tyranny.

Saying it's "for the children" is a lame excuse and it doesn't even apply in this case since the last thing that goes on inside a Chicago Public School is anything that resembles the molding of future productive, contributing members of society.

34 posted on 03/21/2013 7:41:06 PM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto
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To: mdittmar
why not? it's not like the urban youts were learning anything useful in them anyway...
35 posted on 03/21/2013 7:41:41 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: mdittmar

Chicago the new Detroit


36 posted on 03/21/2013 8:00:17 PM PDT by jpsb
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To: lurk
Home schooling is the answer.

Sadly, I'm afraid that solution presumes the existence of parents who care and have enough resources, be it time, energy, money, ability, or dedication, to actually do something.

That's not the case for most of these kids.

37 posted on 03/21/2013 11:03:05 PM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: mdittmar

Why keep these chicago schools open, they quite obviously are not teaching the yut, little more than a very high priced babysitting service


38 posted on 03/22/2013 4:04:10 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: lurk
Home schooling...

The only thing most of these parents can teach their kids is how to get food stamps.

39 posted on 03/22/2013 4:29:04 AM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: mdittmar

So who won the teacher’s strike?


40 posted on 03/22/2013 6:34:01 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: dfwgator

Totally. I had a friend with a no work admin job at CPS on 39th Street. She hated it so much she quit.


41 posted on 03/22/2013 6:34:50 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: mdittmar

The looters always use the same language to take the resources of those that earned it.

It goes like this....

“Every (fill in the blank) deserves (fill in the blank).”

The fact is no one deserves the fruit of the labor of others. It really is that simple.


42 posted on 03/22/2013 7:36:26 AM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: Gabrial

Closing schools is good. It results in less child abuse by so-called “educators”.


43 posted on 03/22/2013 7:41:02 AM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: lurk

Funny...

Next you’re going to say that the kids’ dads should take more repsonsibility for their kids’ education.


44 posted on 03/22/2013 7:42:06 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: mdittmar

So the people of Chicago and Illinois are paying to respect Gang bounties?

Maybe if they went so focused on giving them gangs a huge arms advantage over the rest of the population they might have time get rid of a few of them as effective terrorizing forces.


45 posted on 03/22/2013 8:08:44 PM PDT by Monorprise
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Use of the word “school” in the context of the CPS is fraud upon the students and the students single parent.

My kid attended the Marine Military Academy in grades 10-12. Walking down the hall you could hear a pin drop. Peek in a class and all kids were sitting straight up and listening to a teacher that was not an NEA card carrier and in about one third of the cases he/she had a PHD and enjoyed working at his/her job.

Now, THAT’S A SCHOOL!


46 posted on 03/22/2013 10:09:45 PM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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