Hearts pounded, tears streamed and frustration simmered Thursday as Chicago Public Schools waited all day and into the evening before unveiling the list of elementary schools it will close this fall.
For thousands of families — many living in unstable communities that face their own challenges — closing a neighborhood schoolis a setback that goes beyond the practical. This is personal.
Schools are community bedrock, particularly in neighborhoods long neglected and overlooked by business and government. Losing a school is an unmooring of unknown consequence. Understandably, people are upset.
But Thursday was a good day, too.