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  •  Bobbosphere, this is one great piece of reporting. (1+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for all the links, too. I live in Rahm's neighborhood so there is only one public school over here on the hit list: Stockton Elementary.

    Before the condoization of East Lakeview or the west and south boundaries of Uptown by the Yuppie set in the last 20 years, Stockton was an Uptown school. To you outsiders, Uptown is an incredibly diverse neighborhood along the lakefront on the North side. Developers have been trying to turn it into Lincoln Park North for years but haven't been all that successful. There has always been gang activity in Uptown and that continues. I can't imagine what the parents in this little jewel of a school will do. Maybe they'll just read the writing on the wall and go ahead and move to the 'burbs like Rahm wants them to.

    Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it. --- Bob Dylan.

    by figbash on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 11:43:48 AM PST

    •  I lived in Uptown in the 1970's... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...not far from Stockton. Thanks for comments!

      "Don't believe everything you think."

      by BobboSphere on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 11:49:03 AM PST

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      •  Didn't we all... (0+ / 0-)
        I lived in Uptown in the 1970's...
        On my steady migration seeking housing at decent prices starting in 1966 was: Gold Coast, New Town (of course it wasn't called that when I moved there), Uptown, West Lakeview, Rogers Park, then back to the old place in Lakeview which has turned into a ridiculously priced haven for those who just can't quite make it to Lincoln Park. If my situation weren't so unusual I could never afford to live here.

        No need to thank me. I'm a fan!!!

        Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it. --- Bob Dylan.

        by figbash on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 12:57:30 PM PST

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    •  I also live in Rahm's 'hood, for better or worse (2+ / 0-)
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      BobboSphere, figbash

      (mostly the latter) and Stockton is a few blocks northeast.  I was at a meeting on a different topic held by the alderman in an adjacent ward who also asked participants to call the school board about saving Trumbull school which is considered to not be meeting standards, even though their scores have improved in recent years and they seem to get good parent reviews.  I would have to look deeper, but it seems the utilization issue also hinges on the fact that many of these schools have several classrooms dedicated to special needs kids, and they can't have 36 kids per class in those--the supposed 'standard' the school board used to determine how 'well utilized' schools are. I agree it's mostly union busting that motivates this.
      My son who has several LDs progressed more in four years at a different school where he was in a class of 10 kids with 2 teachers and an aide, and had intensive reading and math programs, for kids like him, than he had done in a well-regarded magnet school with 28 kids per class.  I doubt that self contained program exists anymore.  Neither Stockton nor Trumbull are in neighborhoods that are now terribly poor or depopulating, so that seems odd, as does the fact that these and two other schools in Ravenswood (a name loosely applied to our area) appear to be the ONLY north side schools that are targeted.  There may be others; I haven't reviewed the entire hit list yet.  
      I hope the poster who said that this scare tactic will lead to the closing of 'only' 20 schools is correct. I have a friend who's done environmental monitoring for CPS and her stories of the bad repair in many of them are scary so I don't doubt that some are structurally not worth keeping up, BUT that isn't the criterion the CPS is using.  

      •  I'm sending you an invitation to join our (1+ / 0-)
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        Chicago Kossacks group. We are about to begin the planning for a meet-up in April and would love to have you in our group.

        Check your kos-mail.

        Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it. --- Bob Dylan.

        by figbash on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 07:52:11 AM PST

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