Four schools on proposed closings list avoid the ax
Nine faculty from various disciplines to work on education research at Northwestern
Illinois ranks 5th in the nation in the number of teachers receiving the prestigious credential
With a monumental national election behind us and change coming to both Washington and Springfield, now is the time for our state leaders to tackle the need to create a better public education system. We believe there are additional options that are worth discussing.
PURE plans for union “stewards” to be placed in every Chicago public school.
In the past four years, three new elementary schools and three small high schools have opened in Austin. But mistrust of CPS is still evident among activists who opposed the closure of the old Austin High.
Schools with small-scale magnet programs attract few students from outside the neighborhood and lose just as many local kids as regular schools.
At the heart of Renaissance 2010 is the belief that opening new schools will benefit families and students. But a Catalyst Chicago analysis finds that a surprising number of black students are choosing lackluster schools. And in some South and West Side neighborhoods, the new schools have made barely a dent in the need for better options.
Black and Latino enrollment has declined in the city’s premier magnet schools, the oldest and most sought-after schools of choice.
Popular charters are attracting a growing pool of students from outside the neighborhood, which may not match the school’s original mission.
Dorian Sylvan wasn’t looking for anything extraordinary in a school. But like many other Chicago parents, Sylvan decided her neighborhood school, Horace Mann, couldn’t provide the kind of resources she wanted.
There is a growing body of research on school choice but little hard evidence that it benefits students or spurs school improvement.
The district’s free-for-all system of school choice may be on its way out, but there’s no guarantee that families will be better able to navigate through the maze of options.
More than half of CPS high school students do not attend their neighborhood schools. Among those, about 10,000 travel six miles or more to school. Students make the long trek for a variety of reasons, from the pull of strong academic programs to the appeals of diversity and safety.
Chart: Blacks, whites travel farthest to school
Chart: Charters drawing long-distance students
Chart: Latinos staying close to home
Chart: Choosing between schools
Chart: More choice, less diversity
Chart: Low-performing schools bypassed
Chart: Charters not enrolling top kids
Chart: How charter graduation rates stack up
Chart: Charters becoming magnets