school officials are considering closing an elementary school that serves a mostly poor population so that another elementary school can use the building and begin offering a high school program. The district wants to close Carpenter Elementary School
and turn the building over to Ogden Elementary School
, which plans to open the Ogden International High School of Chicago
. Carpenter's 350 students are mostly Latino and African-American; 97 percent come from low-income families, and a third are in special education programs. Ogden's 600 students are 36 percent white, 30 percent black, 12 percent Hispanic and 10 percent Asian. A fourth are low-income. Some parents at Carpenter are upset that the proposal would take away their school in favor of they perceive as a "rich kids" school.
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