Chicago Public Schools
Chicago Public School students attend a particular school based on their area of residence. The school system reported a graduation rate of 82. 5 percent for the 2019–2020 school year. In 2013, CPS announced it was considering closing nearly 200 schools, many of which have Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs.
About Chicago Public Schools in brief
Chicago Public School students attend a particular school based on their area of residence. The school system reported a graduation rate of 82. 5 percent for the 2019–2020 school year. In recent years, Chicago Public Schools has led the nation in test score improvement, learned at a faster rate compared to 96% of all school districts in the country, and as of 2020 has an all-time high graduation rate. As early as 1848, during the first term of the 12th Mayor of Chicago, James Hutchinson Woodworth, the city’s need for a public school system was recognized by the city council. In 1922, the school board voted unanimously to change policy that allocated library access based on color. In 2013, CPS announced it was considering closing nearly 200 schools, many of which have Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs. In addition, several lawmakers, including chairman of the Illinois Senate education committee William Delgado, pushed for a moratorium on school closings and plans to open 100 charter schools. This is what led to the 2010 public performance initiative, which focused on closing schools and opening more charter schools that were focused on performance, or contract or contract schools. During this time, CPS has closed over 80 schools and planned to open over 100 charter school programs. The district serves over 355,000 students and is only smaller than Los Angeles Unified School District and the New York City Public Schools. In 2019, CPS reported a budget of USD 7.
7 billion with USD 3. 51 billion from local sources, USD 1. 87 billion from the State of Illinois and USD 733 million from the U.S. Federal Government. 76. 4% of the student body come from economically-disadvantaged, and 18. 8% of students are reported as English Language Learners. CPS reported an average of 20 pupils per teacher in elementary schools and 24. 6 pupils per teachers in high school. The district reported 41,579 staff positions including 22,519 teachers and 545 principals for the 2013–2014 school year, including 41,000 staff positions for the 2014–2015 school year and 41,500 for the 2015–2016 school year for the 2016-17 school year as well. In 2010, CPS, under Arne Duncan’s leadership, closed dozens of elementary and high schools due to classrooms being at low capacity or underperforming. Despite claims that the closures would help underperforming students, University researchers found that most of the students who transferred as a result of the closures did not improve their performance, according to a report by the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2011, CPS closed over 200 schools and announced that it was planning to close nearly 200 more schools, including five military schools, three of which had JROTC training programs, and one of which has a Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps program. The number of charter schools in the district has grown to more than 1,000. In 2012, the district announced it planned to close more than 100 schools.