Mayor Rahm Emanuel has officially declared his support for the moratorium on Chicago Public School Closures this Monday, November 26, 2012. When I first read this headline, I had no idea what this meant for CPS and the students and families involved. After further research, I have gained a greater understanding which I will share with all of you readers! The CEO of Chicago Public Schools, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, proposed a five-year moratorium on school closures in-order for the school system to properly size the districts and provide more community involvement in school closure decisions. The moratorium is more-or-less a five year hold on school closures. The idea of holding school closures for five years is to involve the parents and community in all decisions and provide more stability for families. Also, the moratorium will provide CPS with a greater chance to gain a four-month extension on this year’s list of school closings. CPS requested the extension at the end of March this year along with the word that they plan to issue the five-year moratorium, which is now officially proposed. The Illinois House approved this extension on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, and needs Governor Pat Quinn to sign the final legislation before the week is up in order to finalize the extension. Along with the extension, the moratorium is said to halt CPS facility closures after this year. Mayor Emanuel will work with district officials to enforce numerous school closings this year leading to five years free of school closures.
Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.. |
(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Mayor Emanuel has showed his support for the moratorium in saying, “…year after year, Chicago Public Schools did not do an adequate job of engaging communities in these critical decisions, and year after year students, families and communities were left wondering of what was to come. That ends this year." The Mayor believes this will give a peace of mind to communities that have been in constant fear of the unknown. Hopefully, this is the first step to stabilizing schools in the Chicago Public School District and further improving the educational opportunities for students. (Source,Source,Source)
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