An article (Failing Students Spell Profit for Some Schools) in the LA Times over the weekend about a profitable but not necessarily effective dropout recovery program made me wonder whether (or to what extent) such things are taking place in Chicago -- not necessarily operated directly by the district but rather by a vendor or subcontractor. Does anyone know?
The Los Angeles couple, John and Joan
Hall, have a chain of schools for dropouts, most of whom study independently with two hours a week of contact time. They employ 300 teachers, operate 51 centers in eight districts, and received almost $40 million in taxpayer funds last year, according to the article. Only 11 percent of the 20,000 students earn enough credits to graduate each year.
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