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Record #: R2013-449   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 5/8/2013 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Education and Child Development
Final action: 5/20/2015
Title: Call for Chicago Board of Education to establish moratorium on school closings
Sponsors: Fioretti, Bob, Pawar, Ameya, Sawyer, Roderick T., Waguespack, Scott, Munoz, Ricardo, Graham, Deborah L., Ervin, Jason C., Sposato, Nicholas, Arena, John, Foulkes, Toni, Burnett, Jr., Walter, Dowell, Pat, Mitts, Emma, Zalewski, Michael R., Cappleman, James
Topic: CITY DEPARTMENTS/AGENCIES - Chicago Board of Education
Attachments: 1. R2013-449.pdf
Related files: R2015-407
WHEREAS, The City Council of Chicago provides leadership and shapes policy for the families of Chicago; and

WHEREAS, The history of school closures and actions in Chicago has proven to negatively impact academic performance, school closings have exacerbated hardship for communities already suffering from social abandonment, there is no research to support the districts arguments for closing schools; and

WHEREAS, Nearly 50,000 students will be impacted by overall CPS school actions; and

WHEREAS, 80% of these students are black students and this number represents 22% of all black students in the district and 26.5% of all black children living in Chicago between the ages of 5 and 14; and

WHEREAS, 6479 students with disabilities, each of whom has an Individualized Educational Plan; and

WHEREAS, Closing a school often has profound ramifications for the educational experience of children and the surrounding community. Numerous studies have shown that when a school is closed or negative actions take place, student academic outcomes are affected, safety concerns are raised as children have to travel farther and through sometimes dangerous territory, and parental and community confidence in the school system is shaken; and

WHEREAS, CPS indicates that it needs to close, co-locate and turnaround underutilized and underperforming schools in an effort to attempt to close a purported fiscal year 2014 budget deficit; and

WHEREAS, A major factor contributing to the underutilization of CPS schools is the expansion of charter schools in Chicago. Currently, the number of seats available in charter schools amounts to more than half of the reported excess capacity. Moreover, any future expansion of charter schools will further exacerbate this problem; and

WHEREAS, It is not sound fiscal policy to fund the creation of any additional schools while facing such a large gap between enrollment and capacity; and

WHEREAS, CPS should not simultaneously close schools for budget reasons a...

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