Who's Got It RIght -- CPS Or Catalyst?

In response to yesterday's post about the WBEZ map of schools on the CPS hit list (Where The Schools Are), commenters noted that Catalyst had a color-coded map of closings.

Indeed, it does. But as you'll see, it's mostly a map of 39 schools Catalyst identified as struggling -- not a color-coded list of schools slated for turnaround, consolidation, phaseout, or plain closing.

Says Catalyst: Purple: One of the 39 struggling schools that has not been named as a candidate for closure. Green: One of the 39 struggling schools that has been named as a possible turnaround or school closure. Yellow: A school that faces turnaround but was not listed in Catalyst's report. Red: A school that faces closure but was not listed in Catalyst's report.

What I get from this -- besides a headache -- is that Catalyst and CPS don't agree very much about schools that warrant major changes. There's not much overlap, which raises questions about how the criteria used by CPS and Catalyst differ. Who's list is better? Why did the CPS list from September include so many more -- and so many more different -- schools?

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