More Seats In Andrew Jackson Desired, Magnet Option for Student’s in UV and East Pilsen UIC Tri Taylor

Posted on September 2nd, 2010 in Chinatown, Pilsen, West Loop.

University Village Parents have gained some leverage. With lost mobility and equity in reverse there are serious investments being made in trying to grow families in the city. Chicago Public schools and their ward leaders are getting pushed to add a new neighborhood school near… or expand the Andrew Jackson magnet program … Current wisdom is that Smyth… a school with “lower income” residents nearby will receive a revap – a fix and facelift. But the desire is to push for Andrew Jackson expansion.

Both Alderman of the 25h(Solis) and 2nd(Fioretti) have recommended… and requested of Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman expand the Andrew Jackson Language Academy to address claims of a poor choice in neighborhood schools by some residents in areas of the 2nd and 25th wards.

The Alderman wrote a letter.. standing together on this issue… Beyond reopening Jefferson, which closed two years ago, and expanding the Jackson program, Solis and Fioretti requested that CPS redraw the Jackson service boundary to match Smyth’s in hopes of accommodating “neighborhood children who are currently underserved by neighborhood schools.”

Changing maps will include homes in the UIC South Campus Development, which is currently outside Jackson’s proximity zone, they said. Doing so would create more seats for families south of the Eisenhower i290 — which is Little Italy, University Village and East Pilsen.

Fioretti and Solis stand together on the issue, which affects residents living in Solis’ ward and those in Fioretti’s ward living near Smyth.