As of today the educational options are looking much better for the residents of University Village. Dissatisfied with the performance of Smyth Academy for some time, the parents of University Village have been pressuring Chicago Public Schools to provide an alternative for their children. According to a story posted earlier this evening by the Chicago Journal, the Board of Education approved a plan earlier today to open a new magnet school in the former Jefferson School building at 1522 W. Fillmore Street. With a focus on science, technology, engineering and math, the plan is for it to be open for kindergarten through third grade by September. However, you need to read the whole story to find out how they have a few minor details to work out like how they are going to pay for it. Nevertheless, it just goes to show you that when parents get involved they can make a huge difference in their communities.