Research suggests that students who are highly mobile, as well as students who are in classrooms where there is high student mobility, are negatively impacted by frequent mobility transitions that distract students’ focus on learning. The Chicago Public Schools Office of School and Community Relations is working with schools and communities to increase awareness of this issue in order to ease transition of unavoidable student transfers and where possible, minimize unnecessary transfers.
Other remedial programs, such as Early Intervention for 1st- and 2nd-graders, account for another 20,000 students. Another 15,000 are enrolled in academic enrichment programs, such as elementary school geometry and high school journalism. The rest are in bilingual programs, special education classes or CPS-run summer camps.
Duncan’s family, many of whom joined him on the dais at the announcement, has strong roots in education. His father, Starkey, is a psychology professor at the University of Chicago and his mother, Sue, founded the Children’s Center in North Kenwood/Oakland. Sue credits her son’s experiences as a tutor at the center with giving him a real-world perspective on education in Chicago. “He’s seen my children die and get shot, he’s seen them flourish,” she says.
Losers included the Chicago Board of Education, which wanted money to fuel its capital program; Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, which wanted more charter schools; the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), which wanted more state aid; and the Chicago School Reform Cooperative, which wanted more money under the control of local schools rather than central office.
Between 1991 and 2001, the percentage of McCosh students scoring at or above norms in reading on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills rose from 16.1 to 38.2, which is slightly above the citywide average and six percentage points above the average for schools of similar size and poverty level. The percentage of McCosh students scoring at or above norms in math on the Iowa tests rose from 22.8 to 40.7, which is slightly below the citywide average but slightly above average for similar schools.