Chicago schools transition smooth or rocky? - New York News

Chicago schools transition smooth or rocky?

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

By MARTHA IRVINE
AP National Writer

They call them welcoming schools - public schools in Chicago that have taken in students and some staff from nearly 50 buildings that closed earlier this year.

Chicago Public Schools administrators say the transition has been smooth.

But parents and staff at some of the welcoming schools say that's not true. They complain about overcrowding and an overall lack of support.

The Chopin School in the Humboldt Park neighborhood is so packed that staff and students have given up the very amenities this transition was supposed to provide - the computer lab, the library and art and music rooms. Some counselors and therapists are using storage closets as offices.

A CPS official says that's simply an example of a principal making creative use of space.

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