After weeks of debate, argument and turmoil from parents, Chicago’s Board of Education reportedly took place in comprising the largest school closings in the city’s history. The board moved to eliminate 49 elementary schools and 1 high school program, while sparing only a measly 4.
According to the Chicago Tribune, “The district says it needs to close schools to address a looming $1 billion deficit and declining enrollment.” Sound insolent to you? Yeah, me too. Regardless of who is and isn’t showing up, school is necessary. A school specific to where a child lives and where their parents work is also necessary. Parents and community members are enraged at the fact that CPS really believed this is a good decision.
The board, in their defense, continued on to say that, “More hard work lies ahead, but I am confident that together with teachers and principals, engaged parents and community support, our children will succeed.”Where exactly do the teachers plan on teaching? What exactly do the principals plan on ruling? It appears as though the people in charge have no idea as to what they’re doing.
In today’s day and age, society makes it seem as if you can be whatever you want. But how? With what knowledge? With what resources? And, with what help?
Children need all of the above in order to not only achieve their dreams, but to dream them. But with 75 kids per classroom, how will education ever properly be instilled? Unfortunately for the kids of Chicago, we don’t even know.