Chicago’s Board of Education votes today on closing an unprecedented number of elementary schools. WBEZ reporters asked Chicagoans to tell us in their own words what would be lost if their school closes.
The biggest reason Chicago’s school district says it’s closing 53 grammar schools is to give students a better education. But how “better” is defined has become a point of contention in a heated debate.
Two things seem to be on the minds of most parents whose kids attend Chicago Public Schools: A longer school day and school closings; both of which came up at Wednesday's school board meeting. The meeting was much more subdued than last month's, which was taken over by Occupy protestors.