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Old 08-23-2009, 09:50 AM
 
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In Chicago's trendy Bucktown, parents battle over future of magnet school -- chicagotribune.com
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:08 AM
 
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It's interesting that you read that article and what you take away with it is "Bucktown school trying to phase out hispanics." - failing to mention what the school is trying to implement an an improved academic program.

Of course, the truth doesn't really make for such a sexy topic headline.

Like a lot of your posts, another failure.
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:34 AM
 
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But filling those spots with neighborhood children would leave fewer, if any, spaces for outside children, including the younger siblings of current students, say their parents.
God forbid people who live in a neighborhood that pays exorbitant sums to supports its schools be able to send their children there. How many of those students have to be sent elsewhere because spots were filled by people from another area?

Quote like this bother me for a slew of reasons:

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"I would love to send my daughter locally," said Pennington. "I love the idea that we can walk to and from school, and that she would have friends locally, in the neighborhood."
So her children can't go to her neighborhood schools because they're being filled with children from other neighborhoods?

The potential flaw in my reasoning is admittedly born from the fact that we weren't provided with statistics as to how many neighborhood children there are at Pulaski, how many currently attend the school and how many are forced to go elsewhere. I would like to see those figures.

Either which way, no one neighborhood has any obligation to take care of the kids from another neighborhood. Be they poorer or more "ethnic", it's not a political situation I'm at all comfortable with.
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:49 AM
 
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Very misleading title.
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:57 AM
 
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Very misleading title.
what did you expect? look who started the thread. anything to paint the city as negatively as possible
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:07 PM
 
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Magnet schools don't discriminate against local residents, they just don't require residency. Many Magnet schools actually have a certain percentage of that is allotted only for local kids. I wonder how many of the local residents have applied to the school. It's one thing to want your kid to go to your neighborhood school, it's another to want to keep outside kids from going to it, which seems to be the agenda.
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:13 PM
 
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^ Pulaski is NOT a magnet school. It is a "Attendance Area School/Regional Gifted" school. IT IS A neighborhood school that also accepts "gifted" children from the region. ^

Pulaski Fine Arts Academy, Chicago IL (http://www.pulaskifinearts.org/eng/ - broken link)

School Locator Page - Department of School Demographics and Planning
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:30 PM
 
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^ Pulaski is NOT a magnet school. It is a "Attendance Area School/Regional Gifted" school. IT IS A neighborhood school that also accepts "gifted" children from the region. ^

Pulaski Fine Arts Academy, Chicago IL (http://www.pulaskifinearts.org/eng/ - broken link)

School Locator Page - Department of School Demographics and Planning
So if they accept neighborhood kids, why are these parents complaining that their kids are not allowed to go there. Sounds to me like they don't want to send their kids there, at least until the current student population leaves.
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:41 PM
 
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...The potential flaw in my reasoning is admittedly born from the fact that we weren't provided with statistics...how many currently attend the school...
Well according to the story 80% of the students live outside the neighborhood. So 20% of the students live in the neighborhood.

"The issue has become deeply emotional for the Pulaski school community in which more than 80 percent of students -- mostly Hispanic -- live outside the neighborhood and for families in the neighborhood who would choose to send their children to the new school..."

In Chicago's trendy Bucktown, parents battle over future of magnet school -- chicagotribune.com
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Further info:

"Enrollment and admissions
Guidelines
Open to students living in attendance area for Neighborhood; If space is available, applicants living outside the attendance area may attend. Accepts students citywide for Gifted. Pre-K open to applicants citywide."

"As of 2008-2009, the largest demographic at Casimir Pulaski Elementary Fine Arts Academy was Hispanic. As of that time, this demographic made up 91.3% of the student population. The second greatest demographic was White at 4.5%."

"As of 2008-2009, there were 827 students enrolled at Casimir Pulaski Elementary Fine Arts Academy. 92.6% were low income Students. 9.4% were Special Education Students. 25.3% were Limited English Learners."

http://www.cps.edu/Schools/Pages/Pulaski.aspx (broken link)

(Last years numbers) So using the percentage ratio of the Tribune story about 662 of the 827 students live OUTSIDE the neighborhood and 165 live IN the neighborhood.

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Old 08-23-2009, 12:47 PM
 
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So if they accept neighborhood kids, why are these parents complaining that their kids are not allowed to go there...
Because the school is overcrowded with students from OUTSIDE of the neighborhood. There is very little space for children that live in the neighborhood.
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