The start of the school year means the start of education articles from
Medill Reports, the Northwestern University j-school news outlet.
The latest article reminds us that 76 new schools have been opened under
Renaissance 2010, including 21 this year. The article focuses on Community
Services West Career Academy, a new contract school in Lawndale with a culinary focus that features a flexible schedule and college credit options -- apparently the first vocational school started under Ren10.
The piece focuses mostly on the
controversial school closings that are part of Ren10 --of which there
were 10 in 2008, according to the article. CPS has always wanted to focus on the new schools piece, not the closing old schools piece. The article also cites a 2008
study by the RAND Corporation that apparently found no creaming or
performance advantages for kids entering charter schools. I hadn't seen that one. Last but not least, the
article identifies four priority areas for Ren10 schools in the
future: East Garfield Park, West Garfield Park,
South Shore and South Chicago.
As is the fashion these days, there are print and video elements. As
is often the case, the print and video segments tell somewhat different
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