GEM Update

The folks from GEM (Grassroots Education Movement) are putting out some new reports this morning at 10 am at the Board of Ed:

WHO: GEM (a broad-based

organization committed to promoting quality, public education in Chicago

neighborhood schools) and study authors, Pauline Lipman, Ph.D., Janet

Smith, Ph.D., Rico Gutstein, Ph.D., (All of UIC), and Liz Brown, Independent


WHAT: Release two studies.

(1) "The Charter Difference: A Comparison of Chicago Charter and

Neighborhood High Schools," where authors conclude that "Chicago

charter schools have not improved the overall quality of, or equal access

to, education for all Chicago high school students.” (2)

The UIC’s Data and Democracy Project’s second “Investing in Neighborhoods

report (PDF) questions how CPS uses enrollment data to close, consolidate,

phase-out or turnaround schools.

WHY: Study

authors will share full reports raising questions about the proposed

school closings, turnarounds, consolidations and phase-outs scheduled

to be voted on at the Wednesday, February 25th Chicago Board

of Education meeting.

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