High-Performing Chicago School Finds Itself on Closing List

Monday, April 15, 2013

A big blue banner hangs on the brick exterior of Calhoun North Elementary boasting how the East Garfield Park neighborhood school provides a rich array of computer access for students and has logged some of the best math scores in the city.

"It's time to make the move from Good to Great," declares the sign, which carries the official logo of Chicago Public Schools. "Enroll your child into Calhoun now."

As it turns out, however, it's Calhoun's 314 students who might be doing the moving.

The school, at 2833 W. Adams St., is one of 53 elementary schools that CPS says is significantly underenrolled and should be closed next fall in a sweeping cost-cutting effort pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Under the plan, Calhoun kids will be sent nearly a half-mile north to Cather Elementary, which officials contend is an even better school.

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