Chicago’s local NPR station, WBEZ, aired an hour-long story and reflection this morning about an elementary school in North Lawndale, one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Many of LAF’s clients live in that neighborhood and others that face similar challenges. The story is called The View From Room 205, and it paints a picture of the poverty and danger that one classroom of fourth graders live in every day. Linda Lutton’s reporting brings some context to the myth of education as the great equalizer between rich and poor. It weaves a tapestry of standardized testing, Martin Luther King, Jr, education reform, gentrification, gang killings, school closings, food deserts, and ultimately asks whether even the most well-intentioned schools are enough to help people pull their families out of poverty for good.
Check it out in its entirety here: http://interactive.wbez.org/room205.