* NBC 5…
Chicago Public Schools can’t yet say if there will be a summer school program. In the past, thousands of students have participated. But for this summer, the current website doesn’t list any dates or details.
Oy. More kids in harm’s way.
* According to CPS, last summer’s program cost $16 million…
While the city looks to state lawmakers, the new head of the Principals Association Troy LaRaviere blames irresponsible spending.
“We have almost 40 percent more schools and only two percent more students,” LaRaviere said. “Who does that? Who spends money that recklessly?”
* But did all those new schools (charter and otherwise) provide the competitive push that neighborhood schools needed? The Trib thinks so…
A scant 16 years ago, Chicago Public Schools students were just as likely to drop out of high school as they were to graduate. Half finished, half didn’t. An appalling coin flip.
Today an astonishing turnaround gains steam: Almost 3 in 4 CPS students graduate, and that number is projected to rise, according to a new study from the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research. And, no, these higher rates are not the result of setting the academic bar lower, the study says.
CPS has boosted graduation rates for students of all races and income levels. That’s more than a measure of success at elite and charter schools. Neighborhood schools are now close to matching the traditionally higher graduation rates at charter schools. In other words, competition works for CPS. Big time. […]
For years, graduation rates at neighborhood schools lagged charters by 10 percentage points or more. But the neighborhood schools — non-charter and non-selective enrollment schools as defined by the consortium study — have closed that gap. Critics have long complained that charters siphon off the best students, leaving neighborhood high schools to languish. But the consortium research suggests the opposite: Innovative charter competition spurs all schools to work harder and smarter, to educate students better.
The full report is here.
It would be nice to hear the governor acknowledge this very real progress.