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Ames Parents, Students Call on CPS to Observe Referendum

Ted Cox

THE LOOP — Ames Middle School parents and students and West Side politicians called on the Board of Education Wednesday to take no action on the school's conversion to a military academy before an advisory referendum set for next month.

"The will of the people, the parents, the students, the community has not been heard and has blatantly been disrespected due to politics over common sense," said Cook County Commissioner Edwin Reyes (D-Chicago), who led a protest on the issue before Wednesday's Board of Education meeting at Chicago Public Schools headquarters.

"The community has said, unequivocally, 'We do not want this,'" Reyes said.

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