Chicago Public Schools Changes Admissions Policies

Chicago Public Schools Changes Admissions Policies
Whitney Young Magnet High School
Chicago Public Schools Changes Admissions Policies
Whitney Young Magnet High School

Chicago Public Schools Changes Admissions Policies

Chicago Public Schools today is unveiling new criteria for admissions to the city’s magnet and selective enrollment schools. Socio-economic factors will replace race as a criteria for admissions to the coveted schools.

Related: Education Reporter Linda Lutton talks with host Melba Lara about the new criteria.

Related: 848’s Richard Steele discusses the new integration plan with one of its architects, Richard Kahlenberg, and ACLU legal director Harvey Grossman.


CPS will now consider the median income of the area where a child lives, parents’ level of education and marital status, home ownership rates, and the percentage of homes in the child’s neighborhood where a language other than English is spoken.

The district will look at characteristics of the neighborhood students come from rather than individual student characteristics.

The change was brought about by a judge’s decision in September to end the district’s 29-year-old school desegregation order.