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CORE will attend every school closing hearing this year and will work with your school to help you fight the Board every step of the way. Last year, we saved 6 schools. IF WE WORK TOGETHER, WE CAN SAVE THEM ALL THIS YEAR!
The following is a list of the remaining closing hearings. Attend one and have your voice heard. (All held at 125 S. Clark)
February 8, 2010. DENEEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Deneen Elementary School (TO BE TURNED AROUND). CEO Presenter Ryan Crosby. LAW DEPT presenter (Not yet announced).
February 8, 2010. MOLLISON AND WELLS PREP ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Mollison Elementary School (TO BE CONSOLIDATED). CEO Presenter Ryan Crosby. LAW DEPT presenter (Not yet announced).
February 9, 2010. SCHNEIDER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Schneider Elementary School (TO BE PHASED OUT). CEO Presenter Jimm Dispensa, LAW DEPT presenter (Not yet announced).
February 10, 2010. BRADWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Bradwell Elementary School (TO BE TURNED AROUND). CEO Presenter (Not yet announced), LAW DEPT presenter (Not yet announced).
Join CORE, GEM, and other members of the Chicago Teachers Union as we protest the closing, phase-out, consolidation, or turnaround of Curtis, Guggenheim, Las Casas, Prescott, Gillespie, Deneen, Phillips, Marshall, McCorkle, Paderewski, Marconi, Mollison, Schneider, Bradwell, and Thorpe.
Remember to wear your CORE buttons and T-shirts. Look for CORE members (they will be wearing CORE T-shirts and buttons) to get one. Where: Board of Education Headquarters 125 S. Clark
After the meeting, the community protested the proposed closing outside of their school. As the members of CORE left the candlelit vigil outside, we left with a tremendous feeling of optimism. Guggenheim's alumni feel very loyal to their alma mater and the school community feels like a family. There were far more speakers than the Board had time for. One speaker came from Los Angeles where he works as an actor. The Guggenheim community will not let the school close quietly. They will fight this closing.
CORE Protests School Closings at the January Chicago Board of Education Meeting
January 27, 2010
CORE attended another monthly Chicago Board of Education meeting to support the school communities devastated by the announcement of their schools being closed, phased-out, consolidated, or turned-around.
CORE Candidate for Financial Secretary, Kristine Mayle, spoke out against the 15 years of educational experiments made possible by mayoral control of Chicago's schools.
Teachers worry that [school]closings disrupt the learning environment and the connections students have with teachers, harming their education.
Kristine Mayle, a former teacher at De La Cruz Academy Middle School, which closed last year, said the board should look at the research and realize that their leadership needs to change.
"Our current reforms are not working," said Mayle, who now teaches at Eberhart Elementary School.
CORE members Norine Gutekanst (Whittier Elementary), Jesse Sharkey (Senn High School), Earl Silbar, and Xian Barret also spoke out against the failures of Renaissance 2010 and mayoral control. Barret, a teacher at Julian High School, asked Huberman why he isn't sticking to promises he's personally made to him.
Norm Scott worked in the NYC school system from 1967 to 2002, spending 30 of those years teaching elementary school in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn (District 14). He retired in July 2002. He has been active in education reform and in the UFT, often as a critic of union policy, since 1970, working with a variety of groups. In 1996 he began publishing Education Notes, a newsletter for teachers attending the UFT Delegate Assembly. In 2002, he expanded the paper into a 16-page tabloid, printing up to 25,000 copies distributed to teacher mailboxes through Ed Notes supporters. Education Notes started publishing a blog in Aug. 2006. Norm also writes the School Scope education column for The Wave, the Rockaway Beach community newspaper.