While still underrepresented on college campuses, students of color have made significant progress in gaining access to higher education. However, fewer than half of minority students who enroll in college earn a degree—compared to about 60 percent of whites. What stands in the way of success? Catalyst sponsored a survey and focus group to find out.
When Leki arrived at Waters, science classes, and much of rest of the curriculum, were text-book based and uninspired, according to Principal Tomas Revollo, who was hired in 1992 by the LSC that Leki chaired. Waters had adopted the Center for City Schools’ “Parent Project,” a program that exposes parents to progressive teaching methods through activities such as writing workshops, family history projects and book groups.
If the Illinois General Assembly ratifies the agreement by amending state law , it will open the door for the teachers union to negotiate the impact of layoffs, class size, staffing and other workplace issues that have been off-limits for years. It also will create a labor-management council, which gives all school unions a forum to regularly voice their concerns, and a partnership agreement, which requires the two sides to work together to plan and implement school improvement initiatives.
In early 2001, Associate Editor Debra Williams caught up with nine students who had their sights set on a college degree. They ranged from high school juniors to college sophomores. Recruited by Future Teachers of Chicago/Illinois, they agreed to share their experiences for two years. Though uncharted, their journeys wound up illuminating many of the challenges that minority students face in getting a college education. Although keeping track of them proved to be a challenge in and of itself, Williams is happy to report that all are still in school. She believes that all of them will make it. Ditto for her own son, Derrick Jr., a sophomore at Western Illinois University.
The new rule gives additional force to an existing Human Relations Department policy that was not always followed in the field. The key provision addresses situations where the School Board temporarily assigns a contract principal to a new position, such as guiding a school placed on intervention, while an interim principal takes over the contract principal’s school.