VOTE AGAINST OGDEN/JENNER MERGER
We, the parents of students at Ogden International School, hereby vote AGAINST the recent proposal to merge Ogden International with Jenner Elementary for the following reasons:
- The move to a former Cabrini Green Jenner campus is the WRONG environment for our kids. Our children’s safety is of utmost importance for all at the Ogden community. While the neighborhood is changing, there are still real safety concerns.
- The merger would drastically impair the strong academic record of students at Ogden. Such a merger could result in Ogden teachers considering alternative teaching venues in the City. It may also force existing students to leave the Ogden campus. This could result in a further decline in the school’s reputation and quality of education.
- Ogden already has an excellent academic reputation. The Ogden community is inclusive of an incredibly diverse student body from every nationality, religion, culture and economic background. It is the only K-12 full continuum IB school in Illinois. If we change all of this, we risk a decline in student performance and standards and losing our IB status.