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Chicago schools transition — smooth or rocky?

December 9, 2013
By MARTHA IRVINE , The Associated Press

CHICAGO - 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 his mom's subsidized apartment was a haven - "like a family," he says.



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