As the mother of a little girl who will be starting her elementary school experience this fall, I must say that I am surprised, delighted, disgusted, and horrified by the Chicago Public School system. I just can’t get my head around the fact that there are bushels of $900k and up single family homes going in just up the street from me and none of those people will be utilizing their local school, Smyth. So perhaps it’s the ethnic ratios. But those aren’t the ratios I see on the street when I’m walking around over there. Everyone complains about CPS, but the people who are in the districts who can add balance and diversity by participating in their schools instead of bypassing them for more expensive but not always better-equipped private institutions so often choose the latter.