The City of Chicago made a $640 million pension payment to CPS, then turned around and borrowed $500 million to avoid more cuts. Ralph Martire of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability talks about the plan, and what it means going forward
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.