CHICAGO (CBS) — A new study is throwing cold water on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s school “turnaround” effort.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Mayor Emanuel says replacing entire school staffs, or turning schools over to charter school operators, are the best ways to get children learning.READ MORE: 4 People Injured In Crash At 79th Street, Stony Island Avenue, South Chicago Avenue
But a new study says that is not true.
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The study by Designs for Change says about 33 neighborhood schools with at least 95 percent low-income students outscored poor turnaround schools run by the Academy for Urban School Leadership, a charter school operator. The low-income, non-turnaround schools even beat the city’s test score average, the study said.READ MORE: Boat Flies Off Fox River And Catches Fire In Backyard, Leaving Operator Dead
The study also says low achievement and high teacher turnover at schools that were turned around happened despite the extra dollars those schools receive.
CPS chief education officer Noemi Donoso said Tuesday that schools that have already gone through the turnaround process are doing better.
“What we know is that our schools that are having the most aggressive growth that are low performing, are getting growth somewhere from 4 to 6 percent a year; sometimes even 8 to 10 percent,” she said.MORE NEWS: DuPage County Advises Masks In All Public Indoor Spaces, With COVID Transmission At Substantial Levels
But parents and teachers have been protesting the turnaround plan, and are urging the board to vote against it.