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by Ellyn Fortino
7:24am
Thu Aug 20, 2015

Chicago's Southwest Siders Bring Fight Against Noble Charters To Ald. Burke's Office

Southwest Side residents and education activists delivered over 500 community letters to Chicago Ald. Ed Burke's (14th) office on Wednesday as part of their campaign against new Noble charter school campuses proposed for the area. Local residents were also granted a meeting with Burke's assistant to discuss the charter school issue.

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by Ellyn Fortino
7:29pm
Mon Aug 17, 2015

Education Activists Go On Hunger Strike Over Dyett High School's Future (VIDEO) (UPDATED)

Twelve supporters of revitalizing Chicago's Dyett High School campus began a hunger strike Monday morning as they continue their call for the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system to adopt a long-proposed community plan to turn Dyett into a "global leadership and green technology" high school.

The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School, which created the plan to re-open Dyett as a global leadership and green technology school, spearheaded the hunger strike. The 12 hunger strikers, including community and faith leaders, education activists and public school parents, held their protest outside the now-closed school, located in the Washington Park neighborhood at 555 E. 51st St.

"We are tired of our voices not being heard," said hunger striker Jitu Brown with the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, one of many groups behind the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School. "There has to be accountability to the public for the destabilizing of schools in our community and the sabotage of our children's education."

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by Ellyn Fortino
4:30pm
Wed Aug 12, 2015

CPS Pushes Back Hearing On Dyett High School To The Community's Chagrin

Chicagoans interested in the future of the Dyett High School campus will have to wait another month for the school district's public hearing on the issue.

Three groups have submitted competing proposals to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to open a new high school at the now-closed Dyett site, located at 555 E. 51st St.

CPS' public hearing on Dyett's proposals was supposed to be held at the start of this week. However, the district announced on Friday that the hearing was pushed back to September 15. 

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by Ellyn Fortino
5:24pm
Thu Jul 23, 2015

Chicago's Southwest Siders Speak Out Against Proposed Noble Charter High Schools (VIDEO)

Local residents and school and elected officials on Chicago's Southwest Side packed a town hall meeting at Thomas Kelly High School late Thursday morning to push back against a proposal to open two new charter high schools in the area.

The charter proposal comes at a time when neighborhood schools on the Southwest Side and across the city are facing another round of deep budget cuts as the school district grapples with large budget and pension problems.

Those at today's town hall meeting argued that the new Noble campuses could come at the expense of cash-starved traditional neighborhood schools and the programs they offer. If district-run neighborhood schools lose students to the new charters, for example, they would see less funding due to Chicago Public Schools' (CPS) per-pupil budgeting formula.

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by Ellyn Fortino
5:05pm
Tue Jul 14, 2015

Chicago Education Coalition Demands Meeting With Emanuel Over Dyett High School's Future

Chicago education activists took to City Hall Tuesday to demand a meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over the future of the South Side's Dyett High School campus.

The activists were with the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School, one of three groups behind separate proposals to reopen the now-closed school, located at 555 E. 51st St.

Back in 2012, the Chicago Board of Education voted to phase out Dyett due to poor academic performance. The school, located in the Washington Park community, closed in June after its final senior class of just 13 students graduated.

For nearly two years, the coalition has been advocating for its community-driven plan to turn Dyett into a "global leadership and green technology" open-enrollment high school. Members of the coalition, spearheaded by the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, were also on the frontlines protesting the initial decision to phase out Dyett.

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