Austin Short on Options

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.

The challenges of choice

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.

Trekking to better high schools

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.