More than 400,000 Chicago Public School students went back to class today.
Leaders from the city and CPS did their best to shine a positive light on the first day of school. Mayor Rahm Emanuel touted the importance of attendance while greeting students on Chicago’s West Side.
“The biggest thing is when people see the test scores and achievement that’s going on educationally here,” he said.
But at Dyett High School on the South Side, there was a decidedly different tone. The school is one of the causalities of CPS consolidation. Just 10 students are left for this final year and many classes are now online.
The community is hopeful that a plan to turn Dyett into a global leadership and green technology campus will happen, even though cps CPS already rejected it.
The Dyett closure is still under investigation by the us department of education’s civil rights division.