Below are links to last week's newspaper articles about the advocacy efforts of concerned parents advocating for an issue related to Keller Elementary Gifted Magnet School in Chicago. They record results of the parents' work, and provide one more example of how a group of passionate, involved parents can use their strength to persuade decision-makers to consider the best policies for our kids. Be sure to click on the links (or copy & paste the complete URLs into your browser) to read the complete articles.
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Keller School to move?
January 27, 2010 BY DUAA ELDEIB
A proposal in the works could pull the plug on a top elementary school on the city's Southwest Side. Keller Elementary Gifted Magnet School, one of the state's highest-performing schools, long has been the educational jewel of Chicago's Mount Greenwood community. Chicago Public Schools officials are considering relocating the school in an attempt to relieve overcrowding at Mount Greenwood schools, Chicago Public Schools spokesman Frank Shuftan said....
CPS backtracks fast on moving Keller
January 28, 2010 BY PHIL KADNER
If something works, you can almost count on bureaucrats to screw it up. Chicago Public Schools officials are apparently considering a plan to dismantle Keller Elementary Gifted Magnet School, which ranks second in the state in student test scores, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Officially, CPS officials claim that "there is no thought to closing the Keller program." But Keller parents believe a decision has been made to move the school in the Mount Greenwood community to a distant Chicago location....
Keller parents demand school stays
January 31, 2010 BY BOB RAKOW, Correspondent
Parents of students at Keller Elementary Gifted Magnet School on Thursday night protested a plan to relocate the school from Chicago's Mount Greenwood community.
At a public hearing, hundreds of parents, many wearing blue "Don't Move Keller" T-shirts, packed the school's gymnasium to voice concern about the proposal, which Chicago Public Schools officials are considering to relieve overcrowding at Mount Greenwood and Cassell schools. Ald. Ginger Rugai (19th) assured parents that Keller School, 3020 W. 108th St., would not be moved. "I'm here to tell you that this is not going to happen," Rugai said. "Over my dead body."....