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On Saturday, the Lafayette Elementary string orchestra kicked off the Chicago Teachers Union's three-day march against school closings.

Lafayette Elementary orchestra plays on amid school closing plans

by Rebecca LaFlure
May 21, 2013

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Lafayette Elementary orchestra faces an uncertain future.

The Chicago Board of Education will vote Wednesday whether to close Lafayette Elementary School — a Humboldt Park campus that houses the district’s largest elementary string orchestra.  CPS and the orchestra’s partner, Merit School of Music, are in discussions about moving the program to its new school, but nothing has been finalized. Parents and students are anxious about the orchestra’s uncertain future.