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Ombudsman South in Chicago Lawn sits next to a fitness studio in a strip mall.
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Ombudsman South in Chicago Lawn sits next to a fitness studio in a strip mall.

Mixing profits and performance at alternative schools

March 5, 2015

As Chicago quickly expands alternative schools with new, mostly online ventures, it’s clear that altruism is heavily mixed with profit-making savvy, according to a Catalyst Chicago/WBEZ investigation.

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Urban Prep "college signing day"

Charter schools stress college-going support

February 24, 2015

At North Lawndale College Prep, there are eight counselors for roughly 820 students at two campuses — a ratio of 1 to 103. Factor in additional counselors focused on college-going or alumni support, and the ratio drops by half. That low ratio is unheard of in most traditional neighborhood high schools, which have an average of about one full-time counselor for every 303 students.

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