- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - Hundreds of families were mistakenly told by the Chicago Public Schools that their children had a spot at one of the city’s top magnet schools.

Although only 16 spots were available at LaSalle Elementary magnet school campus on the city’s North Side, CPS says it sent 512 offer letters to families that applied to the school’s first through eighth grades. CPS officials would only say an unidentified “internal error” in assigning transfer students to the campus sparked the problem.

Spokesman Michael Passman said in a statement that when the error was discovered the district contacted all the families that received the incorrect notification.

One parent, Wendy Donahue, told the Chicago Tribune that trying to get her child in one of the district’s selective schools is “a confounding process.”

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