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Local Schools Safe From CPS Closures

Out of 129 schools named to a preliminary school closing list, none are in the 19th Ward. However, one Morgan Park school in the 34th Ward did make the list.

More than 100 schools have been identified for possible closure for the 2013-2014 school year, according to a list released by Chicago Public Schools Wednesday evening

Of the 129 schools listed, many are on the South Side, but none are in Beverly, Mt. Greenwood or the 19th Ward section of Morgan Park. However, Shoop Academy, 11140 S Bishop St., was shortlisted. 

Local parents and teachers might be able to take a breath, but tough times are still ahead for Chicago Public Schools.

While schools not listed will remain open, it doesn’t mean they won’t be impacted by more students or co-location, CPS officials said.

“We are going to take these 129 and continue to sift through these schools,” said CPS schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett told the Chicago Tribune.

Esmond School, 1865 W. Montvale, was a possible candidate for closure back in December when talk of mass closings first began to circulate. They were recently removed from probation as scores showed improvement. 

"We are going to continue to work with the administration at Esmond to make progress in improving the school," said Ald. Matt O'Shea. 

Many of the schools targeted for closure are on the South, West and Southwest sides of the city.

In December, CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett gathered a commission to develop a method of choosing schools for closure. The Commission on School Utilization has been hosting meetings to get feedback from parents and teachers. 

The community meetings got rowdy.

The first hearing at Truman College brought parents shouting ‘Save Our Schools,’ preventing officials from showing a presentation. Ald. Joe Moreno (1st) was booed offstage by parents at one of the meetings in Logan Square.

Chicago parents gathered on Tuesday to protest the way CPS choose the schools for closure, the Huffington Post reports. The parents—part of the group Parents 4 Teachers—filed a complaint with CPS Inspector General James M. Sullivan accusing the commission of having conflicts of interest.

The school closures stem from a $1 billion budget deficit expected in 2013-2014, according to CPS.

After this year, no more schools will close until 2020, Byrd-Bennett said. 

See full list of proposed school closings: 

Austin-North Lawndale  

ARMSTRONG, L 

CHALMERS 

CROWN 

DE PRIEST 

EMMET 

HENSON 

HERZL 

HUGHES, C 

KEY 

LAWNDALE 

LEWIS 

MASON 

MAY 

MCNAIR 

PENN 

POPE 

Burnham Park 

ATTUCKS 

BURKE 

CANTER 

CARTER 

DRAKE 

DUMAS TECH ACAD 

FERMI 

FISKE 

FULLER 

KOZMINSKI 

MAYO 

MOLLISON 

OVERTON 

PERSHING MIDDLE 

REAVIS 

ROBINSON 

ROSS 

SEXTON 

TILL 

WADSWORTH 

WELLS, I 

WILIAMS MIDDLE 

WILLIAMS ES 

WOODSON 

Englewood-Gresham  

ALTGELD 

BANNEKER 

BONTEMPS 

COOK 

DAVIS, M 

EARLE 

GOODLOW 

GRESHAM 

HENDERSON 

HINTON 

HOLMES 

JACKSON, M 

LANGFORD 

MAYS 

MORGAN 

O'TOOLE 

RYDER 

STAGG 

WOODS 

Fullerton 

BRENTANO 

JENNER 

MANIERRE 

Fulton

BROWN, W 

DETT 

DUPREY 

HERBERT 

KING 

LAFAYETTE 

LOZANO 

MONTEFIORE 

NEAR NORTH 

PEABODY 

SMYTH 

VON HUMBOLDT 

Garfield-Humboldt 

BEIDLER 

BETHUNE 

CALHOUN 

DELANO 

ERICSON 

GARFIELD PARK 

GOLDBLATT 

MARCONI 

MELODY 

PICCOLO 

RYERSON 

TILTON 

WARD, L 

WEBSTER 

Lake Calumet 

ALDRIDGE 

CARVER , G 

GOMPERS 

LAWRENCE 

METCALFE 

OWENS 

PULLMAN 

SONGHAI 

WEST PULLMAN 

WHISTLER 

Midway 

CLAREMONT 

 

Pershing

DEWEY 

GRAHAM 

HENDRICKS 

LIBBY 

MCCLELLAN 

PARKMAN 

SHERMAN 

Pilsen-Little Village 

JUNGMAN 

PADEREWSKI 

PILSEN 

Ravenswood-Ridge 

BRENNEMANN 

STEWART 

STOCKTON 

TRUMBULL 

Rock Island 

FERNWOOD 

GARVEY 

GREEN 

HUGHES, L 

KOHN 

SHOOP 

Skyway 

ASHE 

BUCKINGHAM 

MADISON 

NEW SULLIVAN 

O'KEEFFE 

PARKSIDE 

POWELL 

REVERE 

WARREN 

YALE 

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