It may be too little, too late, but several alderman have finally voiced their opposition to the magnet admissions plan* being touted by CPS (which inaccurately claims that race cannot be considered as part of the process):
New CPS admissions policy blasted as racist Sun Times
data released Monday showed that, by dividing students into four
economic tiers based on census tracts, some students will be competing
against kids whose families make at least 10 times more than theirs do.
CPS draws fire on admission changes Chicago Current
Ellis, the CPS project manager who presented the proposal, said the
principals would still have discretion, but that district officials
would review each pick to make sure it hewed to guidelines.
Census tracts key to deciding magnet schools admission Sun Times
recently-revised attached map is color-coded to reflect which economic
tier each census tract falls into under the new plan. Median family
income is included for each tier. The "range'' reflects the highest and
lowest median family income per tier.
*Note that it took CPS until yesterday -- weeks after the first announcement -- to show its plans to anyone. (The Board has still not provided them to me, or delivered on a long-ago promise to answer my questions about the plan.)