Speaking at the monthly Board of Education meeting, Asean Johnson, 9, pointed out that schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett and board President David Vitale both visited the school last week and remarked on how quiet it was, how it had a "well-stocked library" and how "really exceptional" it was.
"Why then are you closing Marcus Garvey when it has everything you say it should have?" Asean asked district leaders.
Later outside board chambers, he grappled to understand the adult logic behind CPS' decision: "Why would you close a school down that you like? That makes no sense."