Here's a CPS/City Hall created video that features the Mayor's visit to the turnaround effort at Morton Academy. I'm not sure who the women behind him are (but would love to know) and am wondering, slick videos aside, if anyone has firsthand information on whether the improvement (it's rated Level I) is legit?
What makes the video particularly timely is that today Catalyst and WBEZ reported that 40 percent of the schools put in to replace low-performing ones remain low-performing, which depending on the way you look at it is either a great success or a complete failure. I know the proficiency rates are low and most of the turnarounds are in Level 2 rather than Level 1 like Morton, but still: Not. In. Level 3. Anymore.