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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

Principal Robert E. Croston addressing residents at the Near North Unity Program meeting Tuesday evening. Mina Bloom/DNAinfo

Mina Bloom/DNAinfo

 NEAR NORTH SIDE - Jenner Elemenatry Principa Robert E. Croston made an impassioned plea tosave his school at a community meeting this week to discuss the potential merger with overcrowded Ogden International School.

Croston choked up while talking about what will happen to his underenrolled school if it doesn't merge with Ogden.

Despite the fact that Chicago Public Schools is operating under a five year-moratorium on school closures that took effect after the 50 school closures in 2013, Croston seemed worried about Jenner's uncertain future.

"I'm speaking from my heart.  I can't do anything else...We have 240 students right now. [Our] school last year was projected to have 207 students," he said, beginning to cry.  "That's how we lost our $310,000.  So if we don't increase enrollment, how can we convince the board to keep the school open?"


The Merger of a Gold Coast School and a Cabrini-Green School Could be Good for Both

The evidence suggests that desegregation results in substantial, tangible benefits for black students-and intangible ones for white students.


The Ogden International school in Chicago's Gold Coast

PHOTO: Heather Charles/Chicago Tribune

Click HERE to read the article

November NNUP Monthly meeting

on Monday 11/23, 6:00 to 7:30 PM

due to the Thanksgiving Holiday 


Do you know someone who lives in the

Near North who has gone above and

beyond to make our community

a better place?

Nominate him/her for a Community Advocate Award! Click HERE for link to Nomination form


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