Today's news includes a few good stories about the closing / transfer / registration process going on around town -- be sure to check those out. (Some parents are demanding to go to Pritzker instead of their assigned school, while others are just too angry and confused to make a commitment on CPS's timeline.) Plus a couple of stories about the end of the year, youth safety (or lack thereof) in Chicago, and that change in mandatory enrollment that nobody cares about but me.
South Side CPS Parents Demand Enrollment at Wicker Park Magnet School Fox: Meanwhile, parents from three schools slated for closure are demanding their children be allowed to attend a Wicker Park magnet school.
One day before deadline, only half of students at closing schools enroll in new schools WBEZ: For the past week—ever since the school board took its final vote to close 50 Chicago schools—the district has been trying to get parents from closing schools to say where they’ll send their children next year. But getting parents to register for new schools has been a tough sell in many corners of the city.
Enrollment drive after closings shows mixed results Catalyst: CPS announced on Thursday that half of the students from closing schools have enrolled in new schools and, so far, the vast majority—some 86 percent—are going to the designated receiving schools. But a breakdown of enrollment numbers by school shows wide variation among parents declaring where they will send their children in the fall.
Trumbull Parents Not Happy About Uptown 'Welcoming' School DNAI: John McCutcheon Elementary School in Uptown is in an unsafe area, some parents said.
Teen who moved to Calif. to escape violence shot to death on South Side Sun Times: Patrick Sykes moved to California to escape the same violent streets in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood where gunfire took his father’s life in 2010. Patrick, 15, returned to Chicago last week to visit family and friends. He was here for just five days before he was shot and killed Thursday a block away from his childhood home.
Students Hold Vigil for Gun Violence Victims DNAI: Friends and teachers gatherered outside a Bronzeville high school for powerful daytime memorial ceremony.
Making countdown count Tribune: The end of the school year began two weeks ago for 8-year-old Abby Cavelle, who has arrived at River View Elementary in Plainfield wearing her pajamas, or armed with a beach towel for outdoor reading.
Comings & Goings: Meisels, Patterson Catalyst: Samuel Meisels, president of the Erikson Institute, is leaving the institute in June.
Lawmakers vote to lower mandatory school age to 6 from 7 Tribune: Illinois children would have to be in school at age 6 instead of 7 starting in September 2014 under a bill that cleared the legislature Thursday in Springfield, giving education officials a tool to fight a truancy crisis that reaches into the earliest...