Save Collins High School

Monday, January 30, 2006

Opening Statement

This blog has been created as a method through which the leadership committee of Collins High School can post information, updates, and photographs regarding our campaign to save Collins High School, in Chicago, Il. from being closed by the Chicago Board of Education.
The intent for this action is to be positive and informative. We are not looking for doubters or naysayers. If you have concerns about our decision making, or of the course of this campaign then please let us know in a professional manner, with specific suggestions as to how we can improve our direction.
Mainly we are trying to provide a central link for those who wish to know more about us and our campaign, and those who have the information, and more importantly, the truth about Collins High School and the proposed closing of the school.
Thanks for visiting and taking the time to read this statement. We hope that you take the time to read through the information posted here, and consider seriously the plight of urban education in Chicago and the United States for that matter. Your voice can be a contribution, and the more voices we have the better we sound.


  • At 3:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The present school administration has had a free hand in closing schools without the input of anyone from the community. Granted the scores are low but what has the CPS done to assist the school in raising the scores. It is time the community stood together to demand fairness. The community must stand together on this issue. Our old activits are dying and we must step up to the plate and demand justice.

    I hope that everyone realizes that this is the Mayor's project and it is also time for the leadership of the city to change. Let us march on until victory is won.

  • At 3:04 PM, Anonymous said…

    Mr. Dudley I feel that you are speaking your mind in a good way and I wish I could do the same for this school. As a student in this school you are a good motivator to our young minds which needs to be nourished in help to attend the meetings to express ourselves in saving our school.

  • At 3:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Has anyone done the research to discern how the Collins closing is going to serve realtors and business people who want to or have begun investing in the area? I think that those committed to the neighborhood and the school need to document that outsiders' interest in investing in this neighborhood (and other neighborhoods) is what is driving decisions about CPS school closings. Who is looking into this? Why is Renaissance 2010 (esp the ill- effects on the community) so poorly covered by the Tribune? I think big money is determining what we read about, but how?

  • At 2:23 PM, Anonymous West Side Resident said…

    My understanding is that Collins High School has had ample warnings about the possible closure. In 1996, 1997, and 1998, Collins was placed on probation and were told to make improvements. After failing to significant make improvements, they were slated for Re-enginering in 1999-2000. Finally after failing again to make improvements, Collins was placed on Intervention in 2000-2001. Only 51% of the students graduate within 5 years, only 9 % meet PSAE standards, and the average days absent per student is 35.3!, more than 1 month!

    It is clear that the teachers and administration at Collins are failing the students miserably. Keeping the status quo and providing substandard education is no solution.

    Michael Scott, a North Lawndale resident himself, sees another option. The administration and staff must be held accountable for failing the students. You say that closing is not a solution. Neither is the status quo.

  • At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    John Dudley and the Collins High School staff completely agrees with you. The status quo is not the answer. So how does it help to close 1 school when you have over 80 schools listed as "failing" in the chicago system. That's Scott's plan, and working that solution isn't doing anything for the other 80 schools which have performed just as badly, if not worse, than Collins. Fixing the system is the only answer, and while cowards like Scott continue to manipulate the circumstances for their own benefit, the entire city suffers, not just the west side.

    And since you're so smart, here's a little tidbit of truth to add to your ramblings. When intervention came in in 2000-01 they created a report which very specifically outlined how to improve the school. The report was turned in to the Board, and not one single recommendation from that product was implemented by the Board. They had already decided on their course for Collins. This isn't new, it's been in the works. Michael Scott has an idea, but it isn't for the best interest of the real west siders.
    Peace all.

  • At 10:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I attend collins and 1987,It a great school to go

  • At 10:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I love collins and its spirt,teacher.The love from the school made me stronger and wise Thank you staff

  • At 1:35 PM, Blogger Donnie Mc Daniels said…

    I loved Collins high school since I learned of its existence I also attended Collins but since my attending Collins the school has been totally renovated for which I don't like and I think they should have kept the original designs, etc.


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