After closings, kids shun schools picked by Chicago Public Schools

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Nearly 7,000 students in grades pre-kindergarten to 7th were enrolled last spring in 30 city elementary schools that have since been decommissioned and their buildings closed, according to records obtained by the Tribune under the Freedom of Information Act.

But more than 3,300 of those children — 48 percent — are not attending the "welcoming" schools designated to take them in this fall, records show.

Those facilities comprise the bulk of a sweeping and controversial consolidation push that Emanuel said would leave the cash-starved district slimmer, more educationally nimble and more cost effective. In all, 47 elementary school programs for nearly 12,000 students were closed, though the disruption was minimized for many students allowed to remain in several buildings that were renamed after being merged with other schools.

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