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Miscommunications are already turning up on the first day after the vote to close dozens of Chicago schools and transfer thousands of students.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett say miscommunications are expected, but Emanuel is confident this painful process will pay off. trumbull

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.

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  • unhappy parent

    I would agree that they have been 'incredibly deliberate' as Byrd-Bennett was quoted above. They deliberately ignored the special education population at Trumbull school when calculating the utilization numbers. They deliberately are placing students in schools that are NOT significantly higher performing than Trumbull except for Chappell and this school is deliberately not being offered as a choice for my child with special needs. Lastly, they are being 'incredibly deliberate' on tearing apart the public school system within Chicago.

  • jackswastedlife

    As a Trumbull Parent, I agree that they have deliberately setup the formula for closing schools so that they could accommodate Charter schools? As far as "overcrowding", they have explained that it is their plan! They want class sizes to be a minimum of 30 students. Their formula says that is the ideal minimum. Whereas there are schools which are already overcrowded and they are not expanding them, they are renaming some of the old schools and using them. The whole thing is a shell game, they'll overcrowd the schools, eliminate teachers (which the mayor tried to do at the beginning of the school year), then when we complain, they will open charter schools. We're getting ripped off and they are too cowardly to admit it.