Parents, students voice concern and outrage over CPS closures

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Across Chicago, parents, students and staff of school that are set to close are voicing concern.

Miriam Canter Middle School in Kenwood is currently home to 228 students.  Those WGN spoke with this afternoon say it’s a great school.

This morning, at a school assembly, the students were given the news.  The school will close, and the students will finish out middle school at one of two other locations.

Students say they are upset by the decision. Their parents aren’t happy about it either.

“It’s terrible.  It’s taking them all out their element,” said parent Jamie Thomas.

But according to CPS, it no longer makes sense to keep Canter Middle School open  Enrollment has declined by 31% over the last 10 years.  The school is only at 58% capacity.  And the building requires almost $11 million dollars to maintain and update.

With the school closing, parents say they are concerned about class size.

Elsewhere in the city, the staff at Morgan Elementary School on the south side released a statement reading in part: “When the staff and students at Morgan heard we were closing, we were nothing short of bewildered.  Taking students out of their present school to send them to a school that, when compared with Morgan, is under performing, simply does not seem rational.”

Another school closing its doors is Fermi Elementary on the south side.  Parents say throughout the district, there is serious concern about students now having to walk through new neighborhoods crawling with gang bangers.

“They’re literally risking their lives,” parent Carleton Purnell said.


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