Update: It Got Better (For White Parents)

Photo_3471_landscape_largeWhile many teachers and some low-income communities may not have felt that the 1995-2011 "Daley era" did much for them or for CPS over all, white parents were much more appreciative and some overall indicators of progress ticked upwards, notes a new story from the Chicago Reporter that I found fascinatingly counterintuitive and strangely uncritical.  The overall percentages of kids who went to public schools rose and the public school participation rate among white parents zoomed almost 10 percentage points higher (albeit only to 62 percent) citywide.  (Click the story to see a neighborhood by neighborhood breakdown.)  As we head into a new era, the article is a good reminder of the differences in perceptions among various parts of the city and among various stakeholders, and that as in the larger society as a whole parents may care more about what's happening to their kids than they do about what's happening with the system as a whole.  

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  • How about the demographic stat that 250,000 people peaced out of Chi Town in the last ten years?

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