In 2013, when Angela Ross found out her kids’ elementary school was closing, she could hardly believe it. Then Jeanette Ramann and other parents from a nearby Bronzeville school came to help with the transition. Today, the two are friends and fellow education advocates.
WBEZ and Catalyst Chicago bring a first-ever analysis of graduation rates for every public high school in the city. Half of all high schools hold on to less than 50 percent of the students who walk through the doors as freshmen.
When Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel promised to double the number of dropouts CPS would serve, few guessed that he intended to look past existing alternative schools to out-of-town, for-profit companies to fix the problem.
In defiance to the state board of education, Chicago Public Schools last month said they wouldn’t administer the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, PARCC, exam to all students in the district. In a reversal, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced Monday they would administer the test. Also, music from In Tall Buildings.