CPS Revises Englewood High School Proposal

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Education

Following an extensive community engagement process involving community meetings, parent meetings, a public hearing, and regular discussions with elected officials and the Englewood Steering Committee, CPS is adjusting its Englewood High School proposal to allow current students at Harper, Hope and TEAM High Schools to graduate from their schools. As CPS moves forward with building a state-of-the-art, $85 million neighborhood high school campus in Englewood, this adjustment aims to help the district and the community meet their shared goal of providing every student the high-quality education they deserve.  Since January 2017, CPS has held over 10 Englewood CAC meetings, 6 Steering Committee meetings, 10 office hour sessions, more than 10 meetings with parents and students, and several other meetings to discuss the proposal with teachers, LSCs, elected officials, administrators and the broader community.

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - EducationOn Monday, CPS announced that it is modifying the Englewood proposal in response to feedback from the community. Under the revised proposal, CPS will continue to move forward with the development of a new, state-of-the-art school at Robeson’s site but the district will delay the closure of Harper, Hope and TEAM over the next three years to allow students to finish high school at their current school. Since Harper, Hope and TEAM will close after current freshman graduate, freshman will not be admitted next year and the attendance areas for the schools will be assigned to higher performing neighborhood high schools in 2018 and the new, state-of-the-art Englewood high school in 2019.  The Chicago Board of Education could consider this proposal as soon as the Feb. 28 board meeting. 

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