Major changes are on the horizon for more than a dozen Chicago Public Schools that suffer from low test scores or under-enrollment. The solutions CPS has in store for these schools are drasticâ€”they range from consolidating students to replacing staff or closing the school entirely
. It's not the first time CPS has tried this and faced criticism for it. But Mayor Richard Daley says
closures are a step toward providing better quality education. But is it an effective leap? WBEZ's education reporter Linda Lutton and Elaine Allensworth the Interim co-director of the Consortium on Chicago School Research give insight about the situation. The consortium's new book, Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago
is based on 20 years of Chicago data. Allensworth and the other authors identified the “five essential supports” schools must have to improve: school leadership, parent and community ties, professional capacity of the faculty, school learning climate, and instructional guidance.