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Abbott

WBEZ talks to Michael Whitehead and his mother.  The nine-year-old has already attended three elementary schools, including one that was turned into a charter school, with another move required when they were relocated from Ida B. Wells; now at Abbott, which is set to close this year, Michael’s headed to a fourth school.

Michael likes it at Abbott: “They teach me more.”  The school he’s being sent to doesn’t perform as well.  And Andrea Lee of Grand Boulevard Federation says the closing of Abbott is “short-sighted,” with nearby Wentworth Gardens now being reinhabited.  The problem, Lee says, is that “CPS isn’t doing any balanced facilities and community planning.”

One result — as you’ve read here before — is a lot of gaps in Bronzeville.  Another is that a lot of kids get moved around too much.

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