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CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced today that it will be issuing a request for proposal (RFP) seeking plans for a new open enrollment neighborhood high school to be located at the current site of Dyett High School. CPS will issue the RFP in December 2014 with the intention of opening a new school at the Dyett site in School Year (SY) 2016-17.
“Members of the community have expressed a strong interest in a new school at the Dyett site, and we look forward to working with the community to develop a new high-quality option for students living in the neighborhood,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “We are committed to ensuring the new neighborhood school at Dyett meets the community’s needs and will evaluate proposals from all interested parties.”
In order to identify a school model that meets the needs of the local community, CPS will be issuing an RFP in December 2014, and proposals for a new high school at the current Dyett site will be accepted until April 2015. Any interested parties will be able to submit proposals for the new open enrollment neighborhood high school, and CPS will evaluate all proposals that meet the criteria laid out in the forthcoming RFP. CPS will only consider proposals for open enrollment neighborhood high schools, and charter proposals will not be eligible for the Dyett site.
In 2012, the Chicago Board of Education voted to phase out Dyett High School following years of poor performance and declining enrollment. Dyett High School is in its final year of operation and will close following SY 14-15. Pending approval from the Board of Education in fall 2015, a new open enrollment neighborhood high school would open at the Dyett High School site in time for SY 16-17.
Chicago Public Schools serves 396,000 students in 664 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.