Q & A
Is a merger really possible? I had no idea this was going on.
- Yes - very possible. CPS will issue a decision on the merger by December 1st.
- The student populations and attendance area boundaries of both Ogden & Jenner would be combined.
- K-8 could be spread across 3 campuses (Ogden East, Jenner & West Campus). The Ogden High School would remain at West Campus. See Merger Facts for more information.
- A small group of Ogden / Jenner parents along with religious leaders and the Cabrini Green community advocacy organization NNUP, created the "Jenner Ogden Community Steering Committee" to facilitate a merger.
- Very unlikely. The CPS funding formula for schools encourages large class sizes. As you can see from Ogden East this year - we have 2 empty classrooms but no funds available to staff them.
- Ogden's enrollment is trending downward. This year we saw a significant decline with the smallest incoming Kindergarten class in 6 years. We have 2 empty classrooms. Population projections predict a continued downward trend - see the Merger Facts page for more information.
- It seems clear their motivation is primarily to make Ogden & Jenner an example in a national social justice movement - despite the significant challenges and unclear benefits for Ogden families. They are appealing for political support nation-wide through social media:
Is this a choice between right & wrong as portrayed in the media by some merger supporters? Is being against the merger - being for segregation?
- No. While segregation and equitable access to a quality public education is indeed an important issue in our country, the basic facts surrounding the Ogden-Jenner merger proposal are very clear.
- Ogden parents were first told a merger was necessary to avert a looming overcrowding crisis and a viable solution to remove the middle school from West Campus. Their own independent study completely refutes the reasons the merger was initially proposed.
Shouldn't we be focusing on improving Ogden first?
- Yes. Ogden's administration should be allowed to focus on restoring stability and improving academics.
- Ogden lost its 1+ CPS School Quality Rating this year due to drops in both academic growth and achievement. Math growth went down from 79% to 34%. Ogden's math curriculum is still a work in progress.
- CPS budget issues remain a major concern and are unlikely to improve. We were unable to fund 3 Assistant Principal positions this year - leaving one AP to oversee both the Middle School and High School. Our Diverse Learner community has been especially hard hit and is forced to fight for daily for required services.
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