Some of the folks at DePaul are starting up a new blog about schools in the
Old Town area and asked me what was going on there. Hell if I know.
Compared to the rest of the city things are so quiet there I hardly
even pay attention. Right?
That being said, I know that the school has a slew of popular magnets
and that the parents and neighborhood families who want to get their
kids into those schools are freaking out right now about the
newly-changed magnet application process. Is it going to affect the
schools very much, or change kids' odds of getting in? Last I looked,
the neighborhood kids and siblings were the big winners so maybe Old
Town parents are sitting pretty.
As for specific schools appearing on this blog site, I I don't think anyone's talked about Newberry
ever, or LaSalle (except to talk about the takeover of Andersen (Make Way For Yuppies?). Manierre's come up once in a Tribune headline (Boy's finger lost on CPS fence, mother claims in suit). Ogden's only come up once that I can find (Cow Stolen From Ogden Elementary). Ditto for Skinner (Thursday Morning News, Part 1). We had a slew of Oscar Mayer posts for a while there but nothing much recently (Which To Choose: Drummond Or Oscar Mayer?, More On Oscar Mayer From An LPHS Freshman,Montessori- And Magnet-At Oscar Mayer, Lottery Letters Delayed For 59 Families,) I'm not even sure half these schools qualify as Old Town. Maybe the search function is messed up but I can only find a single entry about Franklin (Franklin Vs. Burley).