For the past 100 years, Delano Elementary
has been a staple in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, but its
teachers may be fired at the end of the year and the school turned into Melody Elementary as part of the Chicago Public Schools recent round of actions to address school utilization.
CPS’ plan, once Melody students and staff relocate to Delano’s
building, the new school would offer air conditioning in every classroom, a library,
an upgraded computer lab and iPads for students in 3rd through 8th
grades, among other facility and capital improvements.
Side Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) said CPS officials didn’t have the “decency
or courtesy” to offer any additional academic enhancements at the new
school, such as a STEM or fine arts program. The only academic
enhancement, he said, is an iPad.
“An iPad is a dime a dozen,”
Ervin said at the first of three public meetings last night on the
proposed school action. “More kids got iPads than adults
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