Alderman Maldonado, Mayor Emanuel, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett: Keep Ames a community school. No military school.
  • Petitioned Rahm Emanuel

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Mayor, City of Chicago
Rahm Emanuel
26 ward alderman
Roberto Maldonado
Chicago Public Schools CEO
Barbara Byrd-Bennett

Alderman Maldonado, Mayor Emanuel, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett: Keep Ames a community school. No military school.

    1. Petition by

      Logan Square Schools Facilities Council and Logan Square Neighborhood Association

Ames parents conducted a door-to-door survey with 357 parents and community members, and 87% did not want Ames converted to a military school. 95% wanted Ames to remain a community school, open to all neighborhood students. Ames is a good school (Level 2), an improving school (a great new principal) and has been a center of community since the community fought to have it build 14 years ago. It has many wonderful programs for youth and a health clinic, created with millions of dollars raised by the Logan Square Neighborhood Association and LISC-Chicago.
. Ames sits right by 3 Logan Square elementary schools. Ald. Maldonado is the only one who wants to take this beautiful new building, and give it to a citywide selective military high school. CPS has promised community process, transparency and no back door deals. This is a test case.
Ames area parents and LSC members formed the Logan Square School Faciltiies Council in April to find the best educational solution for Ames' empty seats. Tell Maldonado and CPS to work with the LSSFC to find the best solution. There are many possibilities. No back door deals!


Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, City of Chicago
Roberto Maldonado, 26 ward alderman
Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Chicago Public Schools CEO
Keep Ames a community school. No military school.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Ames parents testify at citywide hearings!

      Parents from Ames testified in favor of keeping it a community school Thursday morning at the Soto legislative committee on school actions (CEFTF); and again spoke to the CPS hearing on expanding military schools to include 7-8 graders in the evening, stating that they did not want Ames turned into a selective, non-community high school. Please share the petition with your contacts!!!

    3. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Delia Villanueva CHICAGO, IL
      • 11 months ago

      This is a perfect example of tyrannic leadership from our elected officials; and it should not be allowed for our local representatives to just do what ever they want in our communities. Because, these big decisions affect their constituents drastically.

    • pedro angel CHICAGO, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      this is very important to me because i have nephew who attend this school and also have friends who teach here for many years

      • over 1 year ago

      I believe in my community and I feel militirizing a school w/o the communitys support will lead it nowhere...Everyone deserves a voice in what goes on near thier homes...

    • Silvia J. Gonzalez CHICAGO, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      We need to maintain community schools in our neighborhoods. The community and parents should decide what is best for our children not the alderman. Si se puede!

    • Anne Hallett CHICAGO, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      Ames was created by the community and must remain a community school.


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