More Thursday Stories & Commentary

Gap
in city schools needs to close
Sun Times (Commentary)
School
administrators and education
watchdogs may debate whether the latest statewide test scores of
Illinois high school students should be used to impose sanctions
against failing schools,
but one aspect of the test results isn't debatable. Three Chicago
magnet
schools -- Northside College Prep, Payton College Prep and Young Magnet
-- led
the pack.

Apples and oranges Sun Times (Commentary)
Why are community open-enrollment schools such as New Trier ranked against
selective enrollment schools like North Side College Prep? It's comparing
apples with oranges.

Activists
with agendas put their stamp on local school councils
Sun Times (Mary M.)
Frankly,
the problem with local school councils is that
anyone can run for one. That may have been a good idea 18 years ago,
when Chicago launched its version of school reform, and when most
people who ran were
interested in improving their neighborhood school.

Curie Struggles
With Principal Fallout
WBEZ
Its
been a rough few weeks at Chicago's Curie High School. The ousting of
Curie's principal--and the bitter public debate surrounding the move--has
left teachers and students stuck in the crossfire. They don't get the
logic behind the decision and worry it will erode the school culture
that's helped give Curie a shot at success.

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  • From observing my own friends and co-workers I can explain why the selective enrollment schools have more affluent children in them than the other schools. That's because as the child approaches high school the parent will apply and the child will take the tests. If the child gets into a selective enrollment school the child will attend it. If not, the child will go to a private school or the family will move to the burbs.

  • George,

    So to make this right we need to add more selective enrollment schools on the south and west sides? I'd be a big supporter of such a plan. Excellence should be rewarded for everyone, not just some. But I don't think anything is served by having bright children have to put up with bullying, beatings and other vicious behavior like you will find in the neighborhood high schools. For that matter, I don't think any child should put up with that, but CPS doesn't seem to have a plan to deal with violence in the schools. Until they do I will support every choice option available (including Charters) as a way for parents to be able to choose (to some extent) the other children to which their children are exposed.

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