Dueling editorials from the Sun Times and the Tribune about the proposed new magnet / SE assignment policy: The Tribune (Beyond race) seems pretty optimistic about how this is all going to turn out (legal challenges aside) and positively giddy about the discontinued use of race in the assignment process. The Sun Times (CPS magnet plan must keep racial diversity) is a lot more concerned, calling magnet and SE schools an island of integration in the city and citing the failure of many other districts' plans to preserve integration. It urges CPS to consider using race as a factor among many, as some other cities have done.
What do you think? No surprise that I'm more pessimistic than optimistic about what CPS is proposing, though I'm not particularly enthusiastic or ideological about deseg plans. I just want the rhetoric and the reality to match each other, and that doesn't seem to be the case here. Click below for a list of resources related to the announcement. Sun Times broke the story first before it was even announced and followed with more.
List of sibling acceptance rates (PDF)even before the new plan goes into effect.
Proposed policy (PDF) via WBEZ
Kahlenberg and ACLU lawyer debate merits on Chicago Public Radio
Catalyst looks into the effect of the neighborhood priority.
Tribune isn't giving much acreage to this for some reason.
8th-graders' shot at elite high schools better Sun Times
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