FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, August 7, 2015
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CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools today announced the request for proposal process to identify a new open enrollment, neighborhood high school at the current site of Dyett High School is being extended to provide adequate time to review community feedback and proposals.
CPS is also moving the public hearing on the proposals to 6 p.m. on September 15, 2015 inside the Board of Education Chambers at 42 West Madison.
“Chicago Public Schools is committed to a community driven process that will identify a high-quality education option for the former Dyett site,” said Forrest Claypool, CEO of CPS. “We continue to review the applications by the 2014 RFP, but with the budget and financial crisis dominating the focus of the new CPS administration, more time is necessary to make an informed recommendation to the Board of Education. We look forward to receiving further feedback at the upcoming community hearing.”
The Board of Education recently seated several new members, including a new president. The additional time for the RFP will also allow board members to remain focused on the fiscal year 16 budget before voting on it during the board meeting on September 29, 2015.
The RFP for the new school model seeks to identify an education option that offers an innovative program which engages its students and also meets the needs of the local community.
In 2012, the Chicago Board of Education voted to phase out Dyett High School following years of poor performance and declining enrollment. Pending approval from the Board of Education in fall 2015, a new open enrollment neighborhood high school would open at the Dyett High School site in time for SY 16-17.
Chicago Public Schools serves 396,000 students in 664 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.