Fallout still echoing at Curie

The dust seems to have settled on the Curie High local school council following last year’s tumultuous and very public battle over the decision not to renew a popular principal’s contract. But things could heat up.

Candidate recruiters

Posted March 5, 2008–Eighteen organizations and one individual have been chosen to receive $250 grants to help recruit candidates to run for 5,700 open seats on 550 local school councils. They will get an additional $6 to $7 for every candidate they recruit.

Matching students to schools

Posted February 18, 2008–As Chicago Public Schools rethinks how it assigns and registers students in high school, the district may take cues from New York and Boston, cities that recently and radically transformed their assignment systems work.

High schools with most, least enrollment creep

After the first week of school, 17 high schools saw enrollment jump 10 percent or more, some as much as 20 percent. On the other end of the spectrum, 19 had virtually no increase in population, with no more than a 2 percent rise in enrollment.

Only game in town

Posted February 18, 2008–Before coming to Chicago last year to head the High School Transformation initiative, Allan Alson served as superintendent of Evanston Township High School District, a one-school district. When he took over Chicago’s high school reform effort, Alson says he was surprised by the large number of students who register late in Chicago’s low-performing high schools.

Outside Chicago

Posted February 18, 2008–In Chicago, where families have the option of choosing among 100 high schools, district administrators have a tough time tracking where and when students register for high school. The city’s least-desirable high schools bear most of the burden of accommodating late enrolling students, some of whom show up well into October.