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Logan Square Group Holds Vigil For Ames, Turns Spotlight On Kelvyn Park High

“They have to placate the public by letting them think they are going to talk this through, but they’ve already decided,’’ said Brian Brennan, a Kelvyn Park social studies teacher.

Ames Military School Opposition to be a Focus of Neighborhood Congress

“It’s another way to keep politicians on their feet and tell them we have power and we can do a lot — especially when we have the support of the community,” said Jennifer Valasquez, 19, a youth organizer with the association and former Kelvyn Park High School student.

Ames Referendum VICTORY Press Conference: 10am this morning at the Board of Ed

On March 18th Voters said YES to #SaveAmes.

Will CPS reverse itself on Ames Middle School?

When the votes were counted, it wasn't even close. The locals whupped Maldonado, winning roughly 69 percent of the votes.

Ames Middle School Victory despite Marines at polling places

"Uniformed Marines have no business hanging around polling places during an election -- unless we're under martial law. Are we?

If not, back to the barracks. E Pluribus Unim."

Community supports Ames Middle School. Another Logan Square victory last night.

The results will be presented to the School Board on March 26 providing the officials “a great opportunity for them to go back and reflect on their vote in December,” said neighborhood activist Leticia Barrera.

Mayor Rahm loses in primary election!

"...three cheers for the activists in Logan Square who won big in the referendum over Mayor Emanuel's plans to turn Ames into a marine academy.

Almost 69 percent of the voters preferred to keep it a community school. Let's see if Mayor Emanuel backs down."

Ames Middle School Should Not be a Military Academy, Voters Say

About two out of three voters in the eight precincts surrounding Ames voted Tuesday in an advisory referendum to keep Ames a neighborhood school and not to convert it to a military academy.

Meet the Ames Press Club 2012 to 2013

Meet the student reporters and the adult advisors who are part of Ames Press Club.

Military in Ames

Ames Press Club asks: What do kids at Ames think about the upcoming transformation of their school?

Community Group To Chicago Board Of Ed: Let Voters Decide Fate Of Ames

Let the voters decide.  
Vote March 18th in Ward 1: pct 26  Ward 26: Pct 8,23,24,49  Ward 35: 12,13,16

Ames community down but not out in fight to save neighborhood school

“It’s not a fight we should be having,” said Christian Diaz, Logan Square Neighborhood Association youth organizer. “As a community we made it happen. Now for them to take this community school and convert it to a military academy is a violation of trust and our interest.”

CPS wants to convert Ames Middle School to a marine academy

In December 2014 the CPS Board voted to convert Ames Middle School into Marine Math and Science Academy.  But the community is still fighting.  Signatures were secured to put the following question on the March 18th primary ballot in seven precincts in the Ames enrollment area.

Ames Change to Military Academy Approved by Board of Education

Maldonado has pushed for the switch for over a year, and it was recently backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, even though Board of Education President David Vitale said a year ago that there was no such change under consideration.

Board members approve Ames military conversion

Maldonado’s proof of support also was questioned. He said he had a “scientific” survey done to gauge community support for the Ames conversion into a military school and it found that 72 percent of the 300 respondents want it.

However, one mother from Ames played board members a tape of the phone message of the survey sponsored by Maldonado. In it, Ames is called a gang-infested school.

'You Haven’t Seen Disrespect Until You’ve Seen CPS Disrespect...' Lies, More Lies and No Grease at McAuliffe Elementary School Meeting

As a reporter, it had been hard listening to the presentations by the CPS representatives. They proclaimed that they were genuinely present to hear what the community had to say. Much of the audience did not buy it: why the disrespect, why no information, why haven’t people talked to us, why do people ignore our overwhelming rejection of transforming Ames? All they could say is “we have no answers.” The community had understood that this wasn’t genuine, it was a “dog and pony” show, designed to say that CPS had gotten community input, when the deal had already been done.

Ames outperforms Marine.

No Military Coup at Ames Middle School!

Parents 'Disappointed over Schools Future.'

Ames Middle School parents, students, and advocates held a press conference to call out Alderman Roberto Maldonado's decision to more the Marine Military Academy into the community school.

Ames parents continue fight against Marine Military Academy

Following a week of confusing signals from the alderman, the mayor, and CPs, 85 Ames supporters spent about three hours canvassing their neighborhood on Chicago's Northwest side.

CPS: Marine Academy Not Moving to Ames, but Ames Will Have Military Focus

CPS says Ames Middle School won't close after all, but it will have a new high school and a military focus.

Ames Student selected for Community Service Project in Costa Rica through The Road Less Travelled

 This summer, Ames Middle School student and Elev8 participant Brendan A, successfully completed the El Sendero service project in Costa Rica through the Road Less Travelled and will receive a President's Volunteer Award.  Fun AND service.

Maldonado Won't Back Down From Plan to Move Military School Into Ames

"I'm really surprised that Maldonado is doing this again because Ames is at the best place it's been in 10 years," said Koutny.

Ames Middle School belongs to the Community. But Ald. Maldonado wants to give it to Marine Military HS.

Alderman Maldonado is going to the CPS Board Meeting next Wednesday to ask that Marine Military be put into Ames in September!

La Escuela Ames Intermedia pertenece a la Comunidad! Pero el Alderman Maldonado otra vez está tratando de imponer la escuela Secundaria Marina Militar en el edificio de la escuela Ames.

Este Miércoles Julio 24, 2013 el alderman Maldonado va a pedir a CPS que pongan la escuela Militar en Ames al comienzo de este año escolar.

Llama a CPS ahora y diles que pongan un alto al Alderman Maldonado!

CPS plan could put military school, middle school in close quarters

“What one value is necessary to create a harmonious society?” Mr. Ramirez [7th Grade Teacher, Ames] asks. “What one value, Enrique?”

“Creating community,” Enrique Davila says.

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