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.
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.