Miscommunications are already turning up on the first day after the vote to close dozens of Chicago schools and transfer thousands of students.
Students rushed into Trumbull Elementary School, 5200 North Ashland Avenue, Thursday morning and it looked to be a typical school day. But everyone knew Trumbull’s days are numbered. Parents felt the entire screening process was fixed.
After Wednesday’s raucous School Board meeting and historic vote, the end of this school year will be the end for 49 elementary schools and one high school program.
Parents at Trumbull were already reporting problems trying to get their children enrolled into their new school, due to a computer issue. CPS tells WGN that computer issue has been worked out and the family enrollment system is now up to speed.
Regardless, a number of parents say they are considering moving out of the district or moving to other areas to get their children into other schools.
This morning Mayor Emanuel and Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett visited Brennemann Elementary School, 4251 North Clarendon Avenue, which is slated to absorb the children of Stewart Elementary School, 4525 North Kenmore Avenue, about a mile away.
There is no way to sugar-coat the pain and potential problems of such a massive upheaval in the nation’s third largest school district.
“Nobody would ask this much of a change and go through this if it wasn’t for the promise of giving every child a better education, and all that promise can then deliver for the rest of their lives,” Mayor Emanuel told WGN.
“The fact of the matter is that we’ve been incredibly deliberate, not only about the numbers but about which schools were identified as welcoming schools and the numbers of children that would be going to those welcoming schools — ergo, no overcrowded classes,” Byrd-Bennett said.