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CPS Should Keep Schools Open

Alejandro Nunez, Reporter

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      Towards the end of 2017 CPS announced plans to close four Englewood schools and open up one new school in replacement. There are also plans to build two new classic model schools as wells as adding three open enrollment schools into the magnet STEM system.

     Although at first glance this plan may seem beneficial, CPS enrollment is at an all-time low and countless schools are underfunded and practically falling apart.

     ”The new Englewood High School wouldn’t be completed until the fall of 2019, forcing about 330 to find another school to attend next school year” as said in an article by CBS Chicago.

     Many community members are speaking out against CPS’ choice as well. At a meeting between CPS officials and community members, the community spoke out in a practical shooting fest at their disdain against the proposed plan for the four schools. After negotiations, CPS has revised the plan to shut down all four schools at the same time. The plan still stands to shut down the Robeson campus in order to begin the new campus construction, however currently enrolled students at Harper, Hope, and TEAM will be able to finish out their final, maximum of, three years.

     “You can’t begrudge people for wanting something better , but that’s why we need to invest into schools like Robinson,TEAM Englewood, Harper. We can’t abandon Englewood.”

     Similarly, in the case of the new building that the Northwest side is planning to build to relieve the overpopulation issues faced by schools like Taft, Steinmetz high school, which is only three and a half miles away from Taft, is severely underfunded and underpopulated.

     Instead of building another multi-million dollar school, Taft could restrict its residential boundaries and Steinmetz would increase theirs to shift the flow of students while taking the funding for the new building and applying it to Steinmetz or any other underfunded school. This would allow them to rebuild and establish themselves as high achieving schools instead of being disregarded and eventually possibly demolished, even further ruining students quality of education.

     CPS seems to be missing the point that remodeling and building new schools won’t make the students better learners, more blatant incentives for students to succeed, smaller classrooms for more one on one learning with students for a more thorough and understandable learning experience, and CPS listening to the students, parents, and teachers feedback and make changes according to what they want will help students learn and develop into more sophisticated and prepared young adults.

      If the community is making one thing clear, its that CPS needs to reorganize and change their priorities to help solve the problems at hand before beginning new projects. Whether it is maintenance and upkeep of current schools, better teaching methods, or a new way to inspire students to stay motivated. Hopefully with the newly elected CPS CEO Janice Jackson we’ll finally see a notable change in real time.   

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