The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has asked Changing Worlds,
a non-profit arts and education organization with a presence in schools across the
district, to consider offering programs that will support welcoming
students in schools slated for closure.
“This has had a dramatic
impact on many communities,” said Mark Rodriguez, executive director for
Changing Worlds, regarding a CPS proposal to close a recordbreaking number of schools across the city.
11 of Changing Worlds’ 32 school partners included on CPS’ proposed
list for school actions, Rodriguez said the program is in dialogue with
district officials regarding ways Changing Worlds can soften the blow to
“We’re trying to support the young people and
help provide solutions and programming that will help schools that are
welcoming new students,” he said, adding that Changing Worlds has provided
testimonials and letters of support for several of the schools slated for
closure. Read more »