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Melanie Goldman parent member Local School Council Goodlow Magnet School discusses how students will boycott school Tuesday June 11th thru

Melanie Goldman, a parent member of the Local School Council at Goodlow Magnet School discusses how students will boycott school Tuesday June 11th thru Friday June 14th. | Jessica Koscielniak ~ Chicago Sun-Times

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Updated: June 11, 2013 7:19AM

As the school year winds down — for the last time in 48 Chicago Public Schools — some parents at Goodlow Magnet Elementary School are calling for a boycott for the rest of the week.

The mothers say they’ve tried everything else to get the district’s attention about why Goodlow, 2040 W. 62nd Street in Englewood, should not be absorbed into Earle Elementary, and are urging parents to keep their children home through Friday.

Melanie Goldman, mother of one Goodlow student and grandmother of another, and Bobbie Brown, mother of seven children and a grandchild there, led a brief, furtive tour of the building to show off the computer lab, library and science lab already in place at Goodlow.

“We tried everything else,” Goldman said. “We tried the proper way, no one listened.”

“Being a parent,” Brown added, “we got the power.”

They point to Goodlow’s overall higher state test scores, and say Goodlow’s principal and assistant principal are men who not only lead the school but mentor the students, some without dads at home.

Goodlow is one of 50 schools confirmed by the Board of Education to close its doors this month for being under capacity. Earle Elementary School will take over Goodlow’s building with its principal and staff.

Both schools have CPS’ worst rating and are on academic probation, both had dips in last year’s Illinois Standard Achievement Test but CPS ranks Earle higher than Goodlow on total performance points. CPS also says Goodlow is well under capacity with just 378 children in a building that held 588 ten years ago.

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