Recent photos from the former Crispus Attucks Elementary School
reveal a deteriorated building with litter and gang graffiti. Closed in
2008, the Bronzeville campus, at 3813 South Dearborn Street, sits empty.
a statement, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) called the vacant
building a “center of illegal drug transactions and vagrant activity.”
of a vibrant, community learning center, CPS has created an eyesore and
safety hazard in Bronzeville,” the statement reads.
Public Schools (CPS) is on the verge of another wave of school closures,
as chief executive officer, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, has until March 31 to
announce a final list of school actions. A list of 129 schools that face closure was released last month, and the Commission on School
Utilization, a committee charged with helping Byrd-Bennett evaluate
which schools to close, issued their final recommendations yesterday.
Among other things, the commission recommended CPS close or consolidate a
maximum of 80 schools this year.
In a statement following the
commission’s final recommendations, CTU President Karen Lewis said,
“Given CPS’ history, there is no way it has the capacity to shut down 13
percent of our entire school district without mass chaos.”
Images: Photos taken March 7, 2013 by Nathan Goldbaum, Chicago Teachers Union