Since City Colleges began taking applications for a plan widely advertised as “free college” by a campaigning Mayor Rahm Emanuel, more than 1,000 students have applied for the offer of waived tuition, books and school fees. But research shows that City Colleges are not the best post-secondary choice for high-achieving students who will benefit from the Star Scholarship.
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A Catalyst Chicago/WBEZ investigation shows that the district's increasing reliance on new, for-profit alternative schools inflates the high school graduation rate.
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.
Educators say a majority of 240 teachers and staff at Urban Prep and North Lawndale want to join Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff (Chicago ACTS).
A Catalyst Chicago/WBEZ investigation has found that the district is turning to new, largely unproven, mostly online alternative high schools to educate more students, raising questions about the quality of education these students receive.