Devion Allen, center in red jacket, an eighth-grader at Chopin Elementary School, walks home on a Safe Passage route with friends in Chicago on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. Allen's former school, Lafayette Elementary, closed in June. He now attends Chopin, which has run into a significant shorta…
A car passes the former Lafayette Elementary School in Chicago on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. Lafayette was one of 47 public schools in Chicago that closed because administrators deemed it underutilized and underperforming. Chicago Public Schools says it will become an arts high school, a contr…
Jeanette Taylor, a parent and head of the local school council and a former student at Mollison Elementary, watches students as they enter the school in Chicago on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Taylor often volunteers to stand outside the school, one of several "welcoming schools" that accepted st…
Irene Robinson stands outside Overton Elementary School on the South Side of Chicago on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. Robinson, who attended this school as a child, is upset that the school was among 47 public schools that closed in the city in June. Her grandchildren attended the school but now …
Students and parents rally outside the Chicago Board of Education headquarters in Chicago on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. Dozens protested the lack of funding for Chicago Public Schools, especially for African American students, many whose schools were closed in June. The protesters also called…
Lariyah Beasley, a 4-year-old preschool student from Chicago, holds a sign during a rally outside the Chicago Board of Education headquarters in Chicago on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. Dozens of protesters, including Lariyah's mother and other parents, students and activists, decried the lack o…
Luka Riner, 4, points towards the ceiling at Trumbull Elementary in Chicago on his last day of school on Monday, June 24, 2013. Trumbull was one of 47 Chicago public schools that closed in June. Luka, who has special needs, avoided going to the "welcoming school" that took Trumbull students …
Luka Riner, 4, looks through books in his new classroom as preschool teacher Sharon Hogan watches in Chicago on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. Luka, born with a genetic defect called Trisomy 9 syndrome, needs physical, speech and occupational therapy. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)
Lucy Riner sits with her 4-year-old son Luka in their home in Chicago on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. Lucy made numerous phone calls to the Board of Education this summer and managed to get Luka placed into a highly rated public elementary school closer to their home that is not a "welcoming sch…
Devion Allen, right, an eighth-grader at Chopin Elementary School, walks home on a Safe Passage route with friends in Chicago on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. Allen's former school, Lafayette Elementary, closed in June. He now attends Chopin, a welcoming school that has run into a significant sho…
Devion Allen peers wistfully through a door window at the school he used to attend. Those who live outside his gritty, violence-plagued neighborhood might dismiss this towering brick building as just another failing urban school. But to the eighth grader, the school across the street from hi…
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A look at the new Internet generation:
A look at the new Internet generation: