CHICAGO (CBS) — An influential Chicago Public Schools principal has said the district’s own figures show much of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s education reform plan isn’t working.
WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports Blaine Elementary School Principal Troy LaRaviere doesn’t deny test scores have gone up for CPS, but he said if Emanuel thinks privately-run charter schools or schools taken over by the Academy for Urban School Leadership under the district’s “turnaround” policy are leading the charge, think again.
“Differences are stark. Although charters make up only 17 percent of district schools, out of the 30 lowest-performing schools in CPS, more than half are charters or turnarounds. Of the 10 lowest-performing schools at CPS, seven are charters and turnarounds,” he said.