Mayor Rahm Emanuel often touts $4 billion in 'Neighborhoods Now' projects. But those include a hodgepodge of public and private funds, from McCormick Place area improvements to millions for a private West Loop club that requires a headshot photo to get in.
Since 2012 Chicago Public Schools has more than doubled seats in alternative schools. But some worry the programs, many offering half-day programs with online instruction, are attracting traditional students as well as those who need a second chance.
Chicago Public Schools is contracting with for-profit companies to give teens a faster way to earn a high school diploma. Some worry the new, part-time, online alternative schools lower the bar and make a second chance more appealing than the first.
The state's child welfare system leaves hundreds of kids stuck in juvenile jail after their time is served. One juvenile was left in jail by DCFS last year for 190 extra days—that's longer than a school year.