Lots of political news related to education in today's news -- campaign donations from IEA, Berrios vs. Guzzardi -- along with a few other things like HIV infection rates and LSC lawsuits. There are also three pieces about selective enrollment, one of which (the WBEZ story) shows that the "tier" system results in wildly disrpoportionate acceptance rates for white, well-off, private school kids: "In spite of logarithms and formulas, if you walk into the city’s best high schools, freshmen from the wealthiest parts of town outnumber freshmen from the poorest areas by a ratio of two to one." The Catalyst story notes that, meanwhile, competition for second-tier SE schools has ramped up. Seriously, this is pretty messed up. Some of you didn't like my headline from a few days ago (Hard To Get In - Unless You're White). But four elite high schools for a city the size of Chicago just isn't enough, public school parents are being muscled out by private school ones, and the "tier" system that replaced race-based integration doesn't seem like it's anywhere near fair.
THE TIER SYSTEM
Who gets in, who doesn't WBEZ: We found that 29 percent of current freshmen at Walter Payton College Prep graduated from private grammar schools. At the other elite high schools, the number is right around 20 percent. And private school kids make up only around 12 percent of those testing to get into these schools.
Selective admissions Catalyst: Hundreds more students from lower-income areas applied for spots, creating more competition at some of the city’s nine selective schools and forcing these students to post higher scores this year in order to be offered a spot.
New Web App Makes It Easier For CPS Students To Get Into The Schools They Want Chicagoist: Chicago Public Schools places every part of the city into four socio-economic "tiers," and requires selective enrollment schools to establish equal quotas for students from each tier.
Obama Campaign’s Vast Effort to Re-Enlist ’08 Supporters CNC: The heart of the president’s re-election campaign can be found in a Chicago office complex, where political strategists, data analysts and other workers search online to reconnect with supporters from four years ago.
Big campaign cash flowing into General Assembly races Crain’s Chicago Business: The biggest donor in 2011 and 2012 combined: the Illinois Education Association, the big teachers union, at $555,100, followed by the Health Care Council ($513,000) and the Associated Beer Distributors ($510,400).
Berrios Uses Mailer, Money To Fend Off Guzzardi Progress Illinois: The bill, which allowed the Chicago Public Schools to unilaterally impose a longer school day, among other provisions, is part of an education policy approach that “under funds and vilifies teachers,” Guzzardi contends.
Emanuel vows transparency, low risk in new infrastructure bank Crain's: Mostly, it will act as a matchmaker or bridge, hooking up city and related agencies — such as Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Transit Authority — that have innovative ideas that need money and could spin off some cash with private investors ...
CPS, Chicago organizations confront rising HIV numbers among youth Medill Reports: The experience of Chicago Public Schools officials confirms Razzano's perception. CPS spokesman Frank Shuftan said they know that students are misinformed and have limited knowledge of basic sex health concepts.
Quinn Proposes Adding $50 Million in Scholarship Funds Chicago Talks: As part of a broader 1 percent increase to education funding in a budget proposal characterized by deep cuts, Gov. Pat Quinn said he’d like to see an additional $50 million of funding for college scholarships in hopes of getting more Illinoisans into jobs.
LSC lawsuit hearing and rally Monday 3-12 PURE: There will be a court hearing Monday March 12 on the lawsuit challenging CPS’s disempowerment of LSCs of probation schools. Following the hearing, there will be a rally against the CPS status quo.