Rise & Shine: ‘GoodStock’ music festival helps school meal program

Good morning, 

Over the weekend, Chalkbeat’s Chicago bureau brought us an in-depth look at a school merger that could serve as a model for how communities across the country can bridge students across difference.

In a process designed to boost enrollment and curb socioeconomic issues like race and income segregation, Chicago’s Ogden International School joined with Jenner Academy for the Arts last fall. 

The results, Chalkbeat reporter Adeshina Emmanuel finds, are notable: The united school is among the 10% of Chicago public schools with no racial majority. That’s a difficult demographic to create in a city where most schools are racially segregated, Emmanuel writes. 

While the Ogden-Jenner merger could serve as an introduction to inclusion against an American history fraught with segregation, it isn’t free of problems, either: Black students were disciplined at a disproportionate rate in the first year, and the school has received complaints from parents stemming from racial concerns. 

Read on for the full story. 

— Erica Irish, reporter

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