CPS Board Approves Closing/Turnaround of 17 poorly performing CPS Schools
The CPS board approved the three year phase out of Crane Tech and Dyett High School. They also approved replacing staff and investing in new programs at Chicago Vocational Career Academy (CVS), Tilden High School, and 9 underperforming CPS elementary schools.
The Chicago Teachers Unions and Jesse Jackson all have publicly denouced these decisions. Jackson went went ahead called this decision "Education Apartheid". The reason why the Unions hate this is because everytime a school closes there are likley going to be less union workers and less union workers mean less union dues that they are collecting. Less unions dues means less money in the union bank accounts.
The bottom line is the Crane Tech, Dyett, and to a lesser extent CVS and Tilden are not performing. Jesse Jackson will never send his kids to Dyett or Crane.
While I hate to see the closing of schools especially one of the sports tradition of a Crane Tech, something had to be done.
The CPS has done some bad things in the past and some good things in the past. This, in my opinion is a step in the right direction. We can't keep propping up the poor performers. Like in life, the poor performers get punished and the good performers need to be rewarded. The CPS is sending a clear message: "we will no longer tolerate poor performance." To me that is a great step toward really making positive improvement in the attitude and ultimately the fate of the CPS.