Bucktown's Growing Pains: The Gentrification Myth Again

Thanks to a reader for sending in this article from last month about the gap between Bucktown residents and schools (Pulaski, Drummond, and Burr): 

"Rising property taxes, an abundance of cafes and boutiques, a new library and other marks of gentrification have changed the face of the once predominantly Hispanic neighborhood," states the Medill article (Bucktown’s growing parent population struggles with limited neighborhood schooling options).  "In contrast to the changing racial demographics of the Bucktown community, the three Chicago Public Schools in Bucktown have remained overwhelmingly Hispanic."

The article describes how white parents can't get their kids into Pulaski's bilingual gifted program (while the school can't find enough gifted bilingual kids to come), and a little bit about the Drummond Montessori situation.

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  • Oh, I don't know. She was disappointed but it's not like she's suing or anything. She's simply going to homeschool for a year and try to get into a private school. That's hardly pouting. I hope the requirement is not that the students have to be Hispanic but that a parent or guardian must speak fluent Spanish (which was cited as the practical reason for the denial).

    We should probably be glad that so many parents opt for private schools, otherwise think of the over-crowding that would ensue!

    Parents, if they have an option, do not want to put their children into low-scoring schools. I see that in my own 'burb which is on the academic watch list. Does that make them bad people? They've been told, over and over again, that bad scores == failing school. Who wants to put their children into a failing school?

  • The child must speak spanish and pass a test with a high score in order to be in the gifted program at Pulaski.

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