View Full Version : Public Schools Parents worried plans to expand Andrew Jackson Language Academy would spread the school too thin

12-08-2010, 10:02 AM
This from Chicago Tribune (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-jackson-expansion-20101208,0,3855267.story) by Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah:
Plans to expand the nationally recognized Andrew Jackson Language Academy on the Near West Side seemed like welcome attention to a community that had complained about a dearth of good public school options.

But the proposal, which called for adding new seats to the magnet school by opening a second campus nearby, was quickly shot down by Jackson parents, forcing Chicago Public Schools officials to table the proposal.

At issue in this community, nestled around the University of Illinois at Chicago near downtown, is a quandary CPS faces across the city: as neighborhoods are redeveloped and new residents look for good schools, parents who have previously fought hard to get their kids into top schools are not always willing to see those schools change even if it means expansion.

"We're trying to protect something that we helped build," said Kevin Lopez, parent of first- and fifth-graders at Jackson. "To say you want to come in and break it up seems insane to me. If you have a well-functioning business, you don't break it in half."

As the neighborhoods around the UIC campus and Little Italy have been redeveloped over the last 20 years, CPS has failed to address educational needs of the thousands of families moving in, said Ald. Danny Solis, 25th.

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