Seventeen Chicago Public Schools are undergoing a special kind of transformation known as a turnaround. The turnaround program is an effort to fix schools that have chronically low performance levels and show insufficient improvement through other means.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has promised to take on City Hall’s budget gap without raising taxes. But he’s taking a different tack with red ink at the school district he controls.
Emanuel on Tuesday defended a $150 million property-tax hike proposed by Chicago Public Schools last week.
President Obama and congressional leaders may be trying to cut the federal budget, but they’ve agreed to pour more than a half-billion dollars of new funds into Race to the Top, the president’s signature education program.