19th Ward Parents Vow To Fight O’Shea’s School Merger Plan Until It’s Dead

January 30, 20230

DOWNTOWN — Parents and teachers upset by a proposed overhaul of public elementary schools in the 19th Ward filled the room Wednesday for the Chicago Board of Education‘s monthly meeting.

Nearly a dozen people spoke during the public comments section of the meeting at 42 W. Madison St. Many offered personal stories about how the plan authored by Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th) could negatively impact students.

Others spoke about the racial ramifications of the plan, and still others questioned the data and projections O’Shea relied upon to devise the plan that he believes would relieve overcrowding in one school, stem declining enrollment in another and provide investment in an aging school.

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