Younger Chicago students in areas where neighborhood schools will
close at the end of June may not be sent to Chicago Public Schools'
(CPS) designated welcoming schools when they are old enough to enroll,
according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
As a result of
redrawn school boundaries, future students would likely be sent to other
neighborhood schools instead of CPS' receiving schools. This means they
may not see the benefits, such air conditioning and libraries, the district promised for
all receiving schools. Also, some of the receiving schools have been
promised new science or math programs.
CPS CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett has said students whose schools would close would be welcomed at a higher performing school.
some cases, future students would be sent to a neighborhood school that
is academically worse than the welcoming school, the Chicago Sun-Times
That would be the case for Matthew A. Henson Elementary, Ignance Paderewski
Elementary Learning Academy and West Pullman Elementary, according to
Students currently enrolled in these schools will go
to a higher performing welcoming school, but future students will be
sent to other schools that are academically worse.
Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd), whose ward includes Paderewski, told the Chicago
Sun-Times. “What happens to the other neighborhood students that could
have been Paderewski, students [who] could have been going to a better
performing school but now have to go somewhere else? That’s just not
Community input helped decide the new school boundaries, CPS officials have said.
Anderson, CPS' head of portfolio, planning and strategy, said the district may
offer extra supports to the other schools, but did not offer specifics to
the Chicago Sun-Times. He did say younger students with brothers or sisters in welcoming schools may be given preferance to attend to those schools as well.