Advocates: Back to School Push Missing Key Piece

July 26, 2011  |  

(Chicago News Cooperative) — Chicago Public Schools officials are in the midst of an ambitious campaign to marshal city agencies, retailers and faith-based community organizations in the pursuit of one cause: Getting students back to school.  “It all starts on day one,” Jean-Claude Brizard, the district’s chief executive officer, stressed at a press conference announcing the two-week back-to-school blitz, which includes door-to-door outreach, phone banking, robo calls and a Groupon deal intended to equip needy CPS students with school supply kits.  Yet a leading homeless advocacy group insists the initiative is missing a critical element: Free first-day rides.

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