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Register to Attend April 23rd Chicago Board of Education Meeting

Register to attend the April 23rd Board meeting. The proposed turnaround of Dvorak, Gresham and McNair will be on the agenda. The meeting starts at 10:30 am at CPS headquarters, 125 South Clark. http://www.cpsboe.org/meetings/register

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Updated Apr 12

Housing Needed

As you may know, Chicago Urban Art Retreat Cente has a Women's Residence on our 2nd floor. We offer safe comfortable furnished housing for individual women. We are full and now need to find alternatives for women who inquire.
Does anyone know of a rental opportunity for a single woman who needs to leave her husband's house? just got laid off from the bakery. Works for a Temp agency with lots of experience in bakery work. She is hopeful she can get another situation soon.
If you have a small inexpensive rental or know of one for this mature woman, please contact Urban Art Retreat and we will let this woman know about the possibility. Thanks a lot. Dianna@urbanartretreat.com

  • Dianna at Urban Art Retreat social justice issues, neighborhood concerns, art

    thanks Robin! I can use this info! Dianna

  • Dianna at Urban Art Retreat social justice issues, neighborhood concerns, art

    This woman landed in the hospital since I wrote this request for hosting info. Does anyone have an inexpensive rental? Please contact me. thanks, Dianna

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Douglas Park Advisory council

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Updated Apr 03

Dvorak Math Science Technology Academy in the News

The Dvorak public meeting regarding the proposed AUSL turnaround was covered in the Sun-Times, Progress Illinois and WBEZ. Please find the links below. I have also included links to the March 26, 2014 board meeting at which parents provided testimony against an AUSL turnaround.

Dvorak Elementary Pushes Back Against CPS Turnaround Plan

http://progressillinois.com/news/content/2014/03/31/lsc-dvorak-elementary-school-pushes-back-cps-turnaround-plan

Dvorak Elementary Supporters Furious With CPS Over Turnaround Plan

http://progressillinois.com/quick-hits/content/2014/04/02/dvorak-elementary-supporters-furious-over-cps-turnaround-plan

North Lawndale residents resist further school privatization
http://www.wbez.org/news/north-lawndale-residents-resist-further-school-privatization-109964

Parents, staff urge CPS to avoid ‘turnaround’ at Dvorak Tech Academy
http://www.suntimes.com/26594215-761/parents-staff-urge-cps-to-avoid-turnaround-at-dvorak-technology-academy.html

Chicago Board of Education Meeting March 26, 2014
http://www.cpsboe.org/meetings/meeting-videos/159

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Updated Apr 03

'A' for Obama, 'F' for Emanuel: North Lawndale residents

By JERAMIE BIZZLE and TERRY DEAN
Contributing Reporter

NORTH LAWNDALE - A small sample of residents in North Lawndale give high grades to President Barack Obama for his job performance, while giving Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel an "F" for his time in office, according to a survey conducted by Lawndale Alliance, a community organization.

Lawndale residents were asked to grade their elected officials at the national, state, city, ward and county levels. The Alliance sent out emails to 2,700 residents but only 26 replied to the online survey, which launched in April of 2013 and remains open. The results were compiled in February.

Continue reading the article at http://www.austinweeklynews.com/News/Articles/4-1-2014/'A'-for-Obama,-'F'-for-Emanuel:-North-Lawndale-residents/

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Why not? We learned a lot in the process, and engaged in some pretty interesting conversations. We even engaged you to the point where you calculated a somewhat precise response rate and asked why we would bother. You never know what kind of response rate you're going to get when you start.We promised people who participated that we would respond within a certain timeframe, and we did. When we do this again, we know what adjustments to make.

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    In 2008 I voted for O.B Couldn't get enough. Listen to everything he said I tough he was going to be
    the best president ever.(Another JFK) And now I don't be leave any thing he says. Look all politicians lie to get reelected and try not to get caught. But...

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    In 2008 I voted for O.B Couldn't get enough. Listen to everything he said I tough he was going to be
    the best president ever.(Another JFK) And now I don't be leave any thing he says. Look all politicians lie to get reelected and try not to get caught. But in his case he goes on TV and says one thing then says another thing to cover up for the first thing he said. Like the time he said you can keep your doctor and the health insurance plan that you have PERIOD that turned out to be lie. And this leading from behind could get us in another war. He never should have stop the missile defiance system that the US was going to put in Poland that may have stop the Russians from what there doing now. Remember what he said when he tough the micro phone was turn off and it wasn't to the Russian diplomat.And now he wants to cut are military with everything that's going on in the world.

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Updated Apr 02

Elected Official Roll Call for Dvorak Community Meeting

Don't forget to come out to the Dvorak community meeting on April 2, 2014, at the school, located on the corner of 16th and Central Park. We will start lining up to wrap our hands around the school at 4:15 pm. The LSC will conduct a press conference at 5:00 pm. The community meeting will start at 6:00 pm. Each elected official representing North Lawndale, from Alderman Chandler to Congressman Davis, was invited to stand with the school. The following...

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Don't forget to come out to the Dvorak community meeting on April 2, 2014, at the school, located on the corner of 16th and Central Park. We will start lining up to wrap our hands around the school at 4:15 pm. The LSC will conduct a press conference at 5:00 pm. The community meeting will start at 6:00 pm. Each elected official representing North Lawndale, from Alderman Chandler to Congressman Davis, was invited to stand with the school. The following is an elected official roll call for Dvorak's community meeting:

Congressman Davis: Will be in Washington. Cherita Logan will represent him.

State Senator Patricia Van Pelt: Will be in Springfield. She will send a letter of support for Dvorak in time for the public hearing.

State Representative Arthur Turner: Will fly in from Springfield to attend the meeting.

Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele: Will attend.

Alderman Michael D. Chandler: Awaiting confirmation.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    We thank Alderman Chandler and Representative Arthur Turner for coming out to tonight's meeting at Dvorak. We also thank Congressman Danny Davis for sending staff, including District Director Cherita Logan and Director of Constituent Services, Raymond Guy. All officials spoke very passionately about the need for Dvorak to be allowed to be turned around without firing staff.

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Westside Presidential Library

Yesterday, we met with the president of Mt Sinai Hospital, Alan Channing, who expressed marvel at the fact that his friend back east (New York we believe) recently expressed hope that North Lawndale would bid for the Library; then, two days later, getting an invitation to join us in that very quest.
Just thinking about the Library has caused new thinking about North Lawndale’s potentials; in areas far from our borders. Imagine what we could accomplish if we actually tried! Join us.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Westside-Presidential-Library/366984393416815

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Updated Apr 01

Raise the Roof!

The garage we use to store tools and donations for our non profit organization has a huge hole in center and wood is rotten. We have been searching for an inexpensive way to fix this problem. Well, we just found a builder who is willing to volunteer his time to fix the roof! This is so exciting! Now, we need to find helpers to make it happen! Could that be you!

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The garage we use to store tools and donations for our non profit organization has a huge hole in center and wood is rotten. We have been searching for an inexpensive way to fix this problem. Well, we just found a builder who is willing to volunteer his time to fix the roof! This is so exciting! Now, we need to find helpers to make it happen! Could that be you!

This process will be accomplished in steps over a 4 day period. Right now, we are trying to line up helpers and see what days the most people can make it! We are hoping for April 6-9 or 10!

We need people, the first day, to take everything out of the garage, place stuff on one of the patios in the garden, cover with tarp/s that won't blow away.

Then, under guidance of professional, we need people to remove rotten wood from roof, and remove to a safe place to have wood picked up.

Then, under guidance of builder, we need people to help build a new roof! Not the whole roof is being built but most of it! The builder needs people who can climb a ladder, put in nails, hold lumber, etc. You don't have to be experienced, but do need to be able to follow directions.

Can you help make a difference?! Indicate interest now. thanks!!!!

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Dvorak LSC Votes Unanimously to Adopt Resolution Rejecting AUSL Hostile Takeover

The Dvorak Math Science Technology Academy Local School Council (LSC) voted unanimously on Friday to adopt a resolution rejecting Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett's recommendation to have the Academy of Urban School Leadership (AUSL) turn the school around. Through its resolution, the LSC instead requested that CPS assign a work group consisting of various education and community stakeholders to develop an alternative plan for school improvement that will increase accountability and attract additional resources without replacing the entire...

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The Dvorak Math Science Technology Academy Local School Council (LSC) voted unanimously on Friday to adopt a resolution rejecting Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett's recommendation to have the Academy of Urban School Leadership (AUSL) turn the school around. Through its resolution, the LSC instead requested that CPS assign a work group consisting of various education and community stakeholders to develop an alternative plan for school improvement that will increase accountability and attract additional resources without replacing the entire school staff. The LSC also requested that the additional per pupil and capital funding that would normally go to an AUSL turnaround school be provided to Dvorak; and
that there be opportunities for joint professional development and sharing of best practices between Dvorak, Chicago Public Schools, AUSL and other key actors in the education arena.

Read the entire press release at http://www.scribd.com/doc/215345695/Press-Release-Dvorak-Rejects-Recommendation-for-AUSL-Turnaround

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