The impact of Chicago public high school closings and openings since 1995

Click here to download a printable version of this brief. Excluding alternative schools, 88.2% of new Chicago public high schools opened since 1995 impose some kind of barrier to enrollment, whether through a lottery or selective criteria such as scoring above a minimum test score. The burden of school closures and turnarounds has fallen primarily on African-American and Latino communities on the west and south sides of Chicago. An open, inclusive, citywide planning process that considers neighborhood needs would allow…

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Will a single application for high schools help expand equity in Chicago Public Schools?

Click here to download a printable copy of this brief. Chicago Public Schools recently announced that eighth graders in school year 2017-18 will be the first to utilize a single application for high school.  A single application has the potential to streamline the high school application experience; however, it can also impact enrollment and resources at neighborhood public high schools, and the sorting of students based on race, income and academic ability. The specific design of the application process, the…

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