Mother of senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett, Barbara Bowman is leaving her job as Chief Early Childhood Education Officer at Chicago Public Schools, but not without first sharing the lessons she’s learned inside and outside of the classroom.
A new coalition of parents says it’ll be pushing for an elected school board in Chicago.The parents are mad at the school district over a whole host of issues. Some oppose the board’s policy of closing down failing schools. Others think the district is demonizing teachers.
New research shows Chicago Public Schools students enrolled in a rigorous college prep program, known as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, are much more likely to get into good colleges.The IB programs are located in neighborhood high schools around the city.
Chicago Public Schools is looking for nearly 2,000 parents and community representatives to stand for upcoming local school council elections.The councils are like mini school boards at Chicago public schools. They hire and fire principals and get a say over curriculum and budgets.
Chicago has four elite public high schools. They’re the highest scoring schools in the state, better than top suburban schools. Competition to get is fierce, and ratcheted up again this year. WBEZ looks at who gets into Chicago’s best schools, and who does not.