They've sent letters out to the 336 high-achieving 8th graders at 87 low-performing schools that they've identified via test scores, hoping to come up with 100 families who're interested in sending their kids to one of the top schools in the city (Jones, Whitney Young, Walter Payton, and Northside Prep). But I wonder what kind of response their getting. Check out this list of
(download) and think about where these kids
are, geographically and academically, compared to where the four SE
schools are located. To kids and families who didn't apply for or get into an SE school in the first place this may not be such an appealing offer. They'll be leaving their friends, traveling to another part of the city, and enrolling at a school with challenging academics and little experience dealing with kids who may need extra help. They'll have the stigma, too. This has been a big topic of discussion among commenters since the lucky 100 were announced last week, and it remains a big issue moving forward.