CHICAGO (CBS) — Parents, students and community volunteers who oppose conversion of Logan Square’s Ames Middle School into a military academy canvassed the neighborhood surrounding the school Saturday.
They took to the streets armed with fliers and with voter registration forms, saying that 26th Ward Ald. Robert Maldonado and Mayor Rahm Emanuel are ignoring the wishes and needs of the community in transforming Ames from a community school into a military-oriented middle school.
Supporters of Ames in its current configuration said the school offers a variety of services to the surrounding community that would be jeopardized by the changes, although many are done in conjunction with the Logan Square Neighborhood Association. Some parents say they fear that Ames will lack the bilingual education programs currently offered at Ames as well as facilities for special education students.