HAVING SO MANY SCHOOL CHOICES STRESSFUL FOR CHICAGO PARENTS
by Lauren FitzPatrick, Chicago Sun Times
Fernando Diaz couldn’t believe the number of school options available for his son Jairo.
To sort through all the possibilities, he did some research and took part in a workshop aimed at helping families pick the right school. Allowing for some wiggle room since his top choices are highly competitive, Diaz put in applications for his son to 13 different schools.
Little Jairo isn’t preparing for college or even high school — he will turn 5 in April and start kindergarten in the fall.
The Chicago school system is a “district of choice.” That means the families of 380,000 Chicago Public Schools students have lots of options in addition to going to their neighborhood schools.
For the Diaz family, the selection could give Jairo a chance to explore interests beyond the offerings of his well-rated neighborhood school, Barry Elementary School in Belmont Cragin.
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