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Future of Ames, Kelvyn Schools Focus of Logan Square Association Congress

If CPS chief executive officer Barbara Byrd Bennett "is committed to the students then she should be here,” Valasquez said. “We’re scared and skeptical — August is right around the corner and no one has a plan.”

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.

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

LET THE VOTERS DECIDE THE FUTURE OF AMES!!!

http://www.lsna.net/news/2851SAVE AMES Community School referendum/March 18th primary ballot

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.”

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.

'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 sends mixed signals over plans for middle school and military academy

Maldonado Friday lashed out at the mayor and his handpicked school team and said he stuck his neck out politically to support Emanuel in the plan to combine the two schools and now, he was stuck out on a limb by himself.

Se militariza secundaria Ames en Logan Square (Univision Video 2:19)

Univision Coverage of Mayor Rahm Emanual's announcement of Militarization of Ames Middle School. Interviews with Maria de Jesus Garcia, Alondra Moreno Garcia, Emma Segura, Alderman Roberto Maldonado, ISBE Chairman Jesse Ruiz.  

City Council Approves Keep Chicago Renting Ordinance, Parking Meter Changes

Daniel LaSpata with the Logan Square Neighborhood Association said the need for the Keep Chicago Renting measure is urgent.

In 2012, about 12,000 apartment units entered foreclosure in Chicago, he noted.  “That amounts to 33 apartment units every day,” LaSpata stressed.

Ninos ayudan a detener la violencia

"Siento que nosotros como ninos hacemos diferencia, tal que nuestra generacion no sea violenta," dijo Jasmine Marchan, una de cuatro alumnos que entragaron el informe al concejal. "Fue una gran oportunidad, y a que no muchos ninos de nuestra edad lo conocen."

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.

Neighbors Oppose Military Academy

A Logan Square Neighborhood Association survey found that a vast majority of residents did not want a military school and preferred to keep a neighborhood school.

Listening would help alderman’s case

One thing I know for sure: as unpleasant as it may be, Maldonado needs to suck it up and go have that talk with them — before this is a done deal.

Keep Ames a Community School - SIGN and SHARE the Petition

Hands off this thriving community school!  Please sign the online petition or write a letter.

Ames Middle School Parents to Alderman Maldonado: No Marine Academy Closed-Door Deal at Our Neighborhood School!

"View youtube video testimony of Parent Tamera Gardner at meeting on Thursday, 11/01/12 at Ames Middle School.  

"[Alderman Maldonado] has not talked to parents.  He has not talked to the Community.  He has not sat down to talk with the Logan Square School Facilities Council.  

Where is the community process?

[Alderman Manldonado] is not the dictator of our community school!"