The schools – Oscar DePriest Elementary, Edward K. Duke Ellington Elementary, Howe School of Excellence, Lewis School of Excellence and Sayre Language Academy – now offer a total of 140 full-day seats. In total, all of Austin’s elementary schools have 660 full-day seats and 120 half-day seats available to West Side children.
The funding will pay for play lots, air conditioning and other improvements.
Some hope CPS will alter some of the Safe Passage routes, while others continue to advocate for an elected board of education.
The Chicago Board of Education is expected to approve the district’s 2013-2013 spending plan at its monthly meeting tomorrow.
Some question whether the right streets were chosen and if there was enough community input.
Hundreds of West Side youth will be attending new elementaries because of the CPS closures. The principals of two receiving schools explain what they’re doing to help smooth the transition.