Chip Mitchell, a reporter at WBEZ (91.5 FM) was trying to investigate claims made by Herzl Elementary School parents that CPS has let the school building fall apart and refused to give it adequate resources. Parents say CPS is finally investing in the school, but it is only because they have decided to make it into an AUSL “turnaround” school.
When Mitchell tried to enter the school to see what parents were talking about, the principal refused to let him enter. Why was Mitchell not allowed in? Is it because the state of resources and funding for public schools in low-income minority neighborhoods is so deplorable that it is embarrassing to CPS? Is it because the conditions of the learning environment for Herzl school children exposes the REAL problem of racial and economic disparities in the way CPS funds and supports Chicago schools?
See for yourself. Click here to read/listen to Chip Mitchell’s story and interview with Herzl parent Lajuan Criswell.