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.
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.
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.