More than 200 students enrolled at Fuller Park's Francis Parkman Elementary School will be asked to travel six blocks and cross East Garfield Blvd. to attend their welcoming school, Englewood's Jesse Sherwood Elementary School, if the Chicago Board of Education approves a proposal by the Chicago Public Schools (CPS).
East Garfield Blvd., according to attendees of Friday’s public forum on the
school action, serves as the dividing line between two South Side neighborhoods and
“The children are being asked to cross an invisible barrier,” said Carla Smith, 48, a lifelong Chicagoan and 2nd grade teacher of three years at Parkman Elementary.
one of approximately 75 people who attended the hearing, pleaded with the hearing's mediator to listen to the voice of the community.
“I’m scared for the kids; they can’t cross that line.”
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