As the district opens 100 new schools under Renaissance 2010, students will have more options and neighborhood schools will face greater competition. But are more school options good for kids? For students who choose to leave their neighborhood schools, the answer is likely yes.
What are some strategies a district should use to get parents to have faith in the system?
You try to involve people but you also have to be willing to say, I’ve listened to you but I don’t agree, and from my perspective, as the one who’s making the decision, this is a better way to go. Then go back and try to involve those people who disagreed.
A collection of facts, figures, and news briefs about school reform—both in Chicago and around the country.
The Chicago Reading Initiative was first out the gate when CEO Arne Duncan took over the district three years ago. Today, the signature program has expanded substantially, now encompassing three distinct efforts.
Four years ago, Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Public Education Fund decided to invest millions into a program to produce more master teachers, an effort to improve the quality of instruction, particularly in schools where kids do poorly.
In 1997, 73 percent of those suspended were African Americans, who made up 54 percent of CPS enrollment. By 2003, 77 percent of those suspended were black, while black enrollment had dropped to 50 percent.
Between 1994 and 2003, the number of elementary students who were suspended has more than doubled, from 8,870 to 20,312, according to a Catalyst analysis of data from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
WHAT THEY STUDIED: Researchers compared racial diversity in charter schools to public schools in the 16 states (including Illinois) where charter school enrollment was greater than 5,000 in the 2000-01 school year
Infractions that may lead to expulsion are outlined in CPS’ Uniform Discipline Code. Every student receives a copy at the start of the school year, according to Andrea Horton of the CPS law department.
Reading First This $15 million literacy program under the federal No Child Left Behind law focuses exclusively on early elementary grades (K-3) and is the most prescriptive of the literacy programs.
WHAT WAS STUDIED: Hoxby examined how private school vouchers for low-income students in Milwaukee public schools impacted standardized test scores over three years beginning in 1996-97. She also examined the effect of charter schools on public elementary school students in Arizona and Michigan between 1992-93 and 1999-00.
Whitney Wall, a 3rd-grade teacher at Pope Elementary, laughs ruefully at the memory of her early years of teaching, struggling to manage classrooms in New York City and Baltimore.
At a School Board meeting a representative of the parents group expressed their concerns and asked for the district to release school-by-school data on suspensions and expulsions.
This year, 23 students whose grades or behavior were problematic are being taught in a mixed-grade class in a traditional room. Hagstrom chose a strong teacher to work with the students and gave the class a full-time aide, unusual in the upper grades.
Schools in the Austin Local School Council Network identified discipline as their top priority and began eyeing Consistency Management after seeing the successes in North Lawndale schools.
The Detroit district has already cut $76 million from the budget, which initially had a $274 million deficit. Schools CEO Kenneth Burnley says Detroit has lost 33,000 students since 1999 and has lost state funding as a result.
This spring, Gov. Rod Blagojevich proposed a $500 million program to build new schools across the state, plus $50 million to help districts pay for major repairs. But the governor never specified where the money would come from.
I think you make some valid points in highlighting the challenges as well as the accomplishments of New York City’s creation of new small schools. I would however like to provide a bit of the history for your readers.
The parent training universityprogram, open to CPS parents and other parents throughout Chicago, will offer courses on conflict resolution, financial management and other topics related to building strong families. Toyota donated $240,000 for the effort.
Chart: A record year for suspensions
Chart: The racial ‘suspension gap’ in 2003
Chart: Blacks more likely to be expelled