Last Updated on December 15, 2023 by Robert C. Hoopes
Title: Chicago Board of Education Approves Resolution Potentially Impacting School Choice and Selective Enrollment in Public Schools
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Chicago, IL – The Board of Education in Chicago recently approved a resolution that has the potential to significantly impact school choice and selective enrollment in Chicago Public Schools. The resolution is part of a new five-year “Transformational Strategic Plan” aimed at strengthening neighborhood schools across the city and addressing the challenges of racial and economic inequity.
Under the potential change in policy, students may no longer have the opportunity to test into selective high schools, which has been a long-standing pathway for many students to access quality education in Chicago. The plan, which aims to prioritize investment in and recognition of neighborhood schools, seeks to address the systemic inequalities present in communities impacted by racial and economic disparities.
Unsurprisingly, the Chicago Teachers Union supports the plan, applauding it as a step in the right direction towards achieving equity. They believe that investing in neighborhood schools will help create a supportive environment for all students, regardless of their background or circumstances.
However, not all stakeholders are in agreement. Some parents are opposing the plan, arguing that it will deprive students of the opportunity to attend selective enrollment schools, which they perceive as successful institutions. Concerns have been raised regarding the potential impact on students who have thrived in these specialized educational settings.
The resolution is expected to be officially approved by the Board of Education in summer 2024, with community engagement sessions scheduled to begin in February to further develop the plan. The goal of this comprehensive strategic plan is to bridge opportunity and achievement gaps in the district and ensure that every student has access to quality education, regardless of their neighborhood or background.
As the details of this transformational plan unfold, further updates will be provided. The resolution is poised to bring about significant changes in Chicago Public Schools, and it remains to be seen how the implementation of the plan will impact school choice and selective enrollment in the city.
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