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Continued Trends and Near North Schools

Eric Young Smith

Part Two in Our Neighborhood Schools Series: Changing demographics and a growing demand for good CPS schools in Near North are out of sync with current attendence at the community's elementary schools for residents of all races. Read More

Near North Has Changed: Local CPS Schools Have Not

The number of students is down sharply at Near North's two public elementary schools, and more than half of the children in the neighborhood choose another CPS school--far below the citywide average. Read Our Analysis

For Proposed Merger, 'Help Us to Help You' Jenner Official says to Ogden

(from l.) Rosa Rodriguez and Ashley Linzy in a quiet hallway at Jenner. September 24, 2015 By Mina Bloom

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NEAR NORTH SIDE - At lunchtime on Wednesday, more than half of the tables in Jenner Elementary Academy of the Arts' lunch room sat empty.  

That ratio is better than the school as a whole:  Jenner, 119 N. Cleveland Ave., with a capacity for more that 1,000 kids, has just 240.

The result is half-empty lunchrooms and quiet, easy-to-navigate hallways - even between classes, when most school corridors are crowded and chaotic.

Click on the link below to read the full article.



On this week’s episode of Civic Chat: Networking our Neighborhoods, Shelley Stern Grach speaks with Randall Blakey, the Executive Pastor of LaSalle Street Church and Executive Director of The Near North Unity Program. The Near North Unity Program works in four areas in order to provide help for the community: Youth and families, safety, employment, and development.

Watch Shelley’s chat with Randall Blakey live on MeetAdvisors.

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