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Schools face uncertain future as CPS's final vote approaches

Peabody Elementary braces for decision

by Tanya Basu and Paige Sutherland

Elizabeth Peabody Elementary School on Chicago’s West Side is on the chopping block. Ninety-five percent of the students are low income; 76 percent are Latino.  

Pope Elementary students, staff concerned with safety issues if school closes

by Ananth Baliga and Lisa Carter

Chicago is known as a city of neighborhoods, but it may also be considered a city of blocks. Nathaniel Pope Elementary School students in North Lawndale would have to cross blocks in two major gang territories and a major highway to their new school less than a mile away. 

Lafayette Elementary orchestra plays on amid school closing plans

by Rebecca LaFlure

The Chicago Board of Education will vote Wednesday whether to close Lafayette Elementary School — a Humboldt Park campus that houses the district’s largest elementary string orchestra. CPS and the orchestra’s partner, Merit School of Music, are in discussions about moving the program to its new school, but nothing has been finalized. Parents and students are anxious about the orchestra’s uncertain future. 

Parents brace for impact of school closures on students with special needs

by Bryan Lowry Photo

If Chicago Public Schools go ahead with plans to close 54 schools, it will mean moves for more than 2,400 students with special needs. Parents and teachers worry that school changes will disrupt the progress of students with autism at Lafayette Elementary.