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Students on the move as parents reject underperforming neighborhood schools

Chicago Public Schools career-office director Rita Raichoudhuri and CEO Janice Jackson present the report at Wells High School, 936 N. Ashland Ave. A Chicago Public Schools study suggests that more than elsewhere in the district, families here reject local schools for top-tier alternatives nearby. The Mid-North Side region has lost 13% of its student population in four years, according to a Nov. 15 presentation by Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson at Wells High School, 936 N. Ashland Ave. High schools are half-full; 58% of high school students travel outside the region, and only 16% attend their designated neighborhood school. Turnarounds are a challenge when more families are leaving the city than are moving in, Jackson admitted. Combined with birth-rate trends, she expects Miami-Dade County to overtake Chicago as the third-largest public school district. With state funding still tenuous, Jackson says long-term capital plans will require a stronger fiscal footing.

Moreno fields questions on schools, police, remap and more in hourlong session

Ald. Proco Joe Moreno fields questions from EVA members. East Village Association membership meeting Nov. 5, 2018, Roots Pizza, 1924 W. Chicago Ave. Presiding: Michael VanDam, president New ballfields at Clemente and Wells high schools will raise their profile as competitive to limited enrollment schools, 1st Ward Ald. Proco Joe Moreno suggested in a question-and-answer session with EVA members Nov. 5. "I know you gotta crack a few eggs to make an omelet," Moreno said, "but it took too long." Moreno advocated legal marijuana, a casino and video gaming as ways to raise city revenues. Here are more notes from his hourlong talk:

Voting bylaws under review

More than 50 people attended the Oct. 1 Happy Village vote. A recurring issue surfaced again in the recent Happy Village debate: EVA membership votes require EVA membership. What's wrong with that? In the case of Happy Village zoning, not all neighbors at the Oct. 1 vote were members. That shouldn't be an issue— membership is cheap —but for a twist in EVA bylaws : Voters must have three months' membership in the group. This requirement was added in 2011 after a contentious zoning vote . The concern was that visitors with an interest in the outcome would join just to tip the balance.
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