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Possible Merger of Gold Coast and Cabrini-Green Schools One Step Closer

One of Chicago’s most sought-after public schools is another step closer to merging with another that has historically served students from public housing. 

The local school council at Ogden International School voted unanimously Monday night to develop an official plan to merge with Jenner Academy of the Arts. It would be an unprecedented move, but it is still not a done deal.

Ogden is in the Gold Coast and just 18 percent of its students qualify for free lunch. Jenner is near where the Cabrini-Green public housing towers once stood and 88 percent of its students qualify for free lunch.