Board votes to delay Canter closure

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS
Staff Writer

The Chicago Public Schools Board of Education unanimously voted in favor of keeping Canter Middle School open for another year to allow the school’s current 7th grade class to graduate.

At its meeting on Wednesday, parents, teachers, students and education advocacy groups from across the city spoke out in protest of school closings. Hyde Park resident and parent Joy Clendenning locked arms with Parents 4 Teachers, a coalition of parents from across the city, at the front podium during the meeting and chanted “Every school is our school.”

“There are too many schools closing, not enough capacity in the schools that are staying open, no engagement with the community,” Clendenning said. “There is a lot of misinformation and it’s being used to justify this. They need to stop and the mayor needs to stop.”

Clendenning, who is a member of Hyde Park Community Area Residents Empowering Schools (HPCARES), said she and the parents at Canter, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., are elated that the board voted to phase out Canter instead of close it next year school year but plans to continue to speak out on behalf of the school.

“We feel supported and relieved but broken hearted about the plans to close the school the following school year,” Clendenning said. “We’re going to see what we can do to see that it stays open longer.”

d.phillips@hpherald.com