Well, It’s essentially over. CPS voted yesterday to close 49 elementary schools, to co-locate 11 others, and perform “turnarounds” at five additional schools.
Three of Chicago’s most distinguished education reporters, who were present at the marathon meeting, filed their stories and then appeared on today’s Chicago Newsroom to share their impressions of the historic vote.
They are the Tribune’s Noreen Ahmed Ullah, Catalyst Chicago’s Sarah Karp and WBEZ’s Linda Lutton. They talk about the implications of the massive changes this vote will compel, and they look forward to the next phase, which is the announcement of school-by-school budgets. Those budgets will determine how much pain will be felt at the individual schools, and will doubtless result in layoffs of teachers, support staffs and programs.
Our thanks to Charlie Meyerson for guest-hosting this program.