CHICAGO TRIBUNE: 'Chicagoland' hits middle ground, says mom of orating CPS student
By Meredith Rodriguez, Tribune reporter
Like her son who became an Internet sensation last year, Shoneice Reynolds has opinions about many things that are happening in Chicago -- from the way public money should be divided to the way parents and families should invest in their communities.
Her son, Asean Johnson, made an impassioned speech last year to save his school, Chicago’s Garvey Elementary, that went viral on YouTube. This week, the third-grader was one of two Garvey students who opted out of state testing, choosing instead to read Howard Zinn’s “A Young People’s History of the United States” in the school office.
Reynolds also has opinions about “Chicagoland,” CNN’s eight-part series debuting tonight that features the fight against public school closings which shone a light on her orating son and led CNN camera crews to follow their family around on and off for months.
She’s excited and hopeful, although after watching an early screening of the first episode Tuesday along with friends who were also included in the film, she’s skeptical.