CPS Brass Considers School Consolidation
(Chicago Sun Times) — Despite promises last year of giving schools an early heads-up about school actions, Chicago Public School leaders are actively discussing consolidating schools this year, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. At least 10 schools are under discussion for consolidation proposals that could be announced as early as this week, sources said. Such a move could infuriate aldermen, who complained vehemently in January 2010 that former Schools CEO Ron Huberman had given them 11th-hour notice of plans to close or consolidate schools in their wards. Afterward, Huberman promised to reach out to targeted communities the summer before CPS took any school actions and unveiled a “Student Bill of Rights” governing future school actions. Proposed closings or consolidations, in which one school is folded into the building of another school because at least one of them is underused, are traditionally approved in January and followed by public hearings. Such proposals usually trigger volatile debates. However, Interim CEO Terry Mazany has said Huberman did not leave him a school closing list before his Nov. 29 departure.