Nearly 500 students accepted to CPS magnet school by mistake

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CHICAGO — CPS admits it made a mistake when it sent out acceptance letters to hundreds of children for a  North Side magnet school.

CPS notified over 500 families that their children were admitted to LaSalle Elementary magnet school in the city’s Old Town neighborhood.  But there were only 16 open spots available.

CPS said an unidentified “internal error” in assigning transfer students to the campus sparked the problem.

CPS issued the following statement:

“Due to an error in assigning transfer students to LaSalle Magnet School, CPS inadvertently offered more seats to students than LaSalle had available. When the error was discovered, CPS immediately called and emailed all families that received an incorrect notification, and District staff is working with families individually to help identify alternate options for their children.”

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