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Ames residents ‘relying on the democratic process’ in saving school

“If [CPS] proceeds [with the conversion],” said Barrera, “They will say clearly that it doesn’t matter what the community is doing, what they are saying or what they want.”

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.

Ames outperforms Marine.

No Military Coup at Ames Middle School!

Conflicto por escuela militar en Chicago

Un grupo de padres y activistas miembros de la organización Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) se manifestó frente a la Academia Phoenix en oposición de la conversión al grito de “Ames no está a la venta”. (Front Page Story in Hoy 11/4/13)

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.