Chicago schools preparing for new academic year - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Chicago schools preparing for new academic year

Posted: Updated:
CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

Chicago Public Schools officials say the district is working to ensure a smooth transition for students whose schools have been closed.

In a statement Friday, the district says CPS has been contacting parents and families by phone, text message, emails and letters to encourage them to enroll their children for the 2013-2014 school year.

CPS also has selected 19 community-based organizations to participate in the district's Safe Passage program. Those organizations will hire 600 new staff that will be stationed along designated routes to help students get to and from school safely.

The city is also boarding up hundreds of abandoned buildings along those routes.

The board of education voted in May to close 49 schools. Officials say the closures are necessary to improve the financially struggling district.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow Us!

Share Your Photos & Video

Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices