CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Emanuel says new research from the University of Chicago
is evidence that the city’s school system has gone from the worst in the nation to the biggest turnaround story.
The U of C researchers looked at 20 Chicago schools that have the freshman on-track program in which ninth graders are given support and intervention.
Dr. Timothy Knowles of the university’s Urban Education Initiative says those schools have raised projected graduation rates to 82 percent, a 25 percent increase since 2007.
“That’s astonishing. That is remarkable progress,” said Knowles.