Far fewer students from Chicago’s closed elementary schools are enrolled where the district thought they would be this fall.
Just 60 percent of 10,542 students* from Chicago’s shuttered elementary schools ended up at so-called “welcoming schools,” despite efforts by the district to woo them with promises of improved education, safe passage to school, and sweeteners like iPads, air conditioning and new science labs.
The district insisted throughout the summer that 80 percent of students from closing schools were enrolled at their designated welcoming schools. Even the first day of school, CPS said 78 percent of impacted students were attending their welcoming schools. The district made $155.7 million in capital and technology investments at the schools, which it will pay off for the next 30 years.