CPS Policy Called Discriminatory
(Chicago Tribune) — A nonprofit group representing Chicago Public Schoolsparents alleges that the district’s policy of flunking third-, sixth- and eighth-grade students who fail to meet cutoff scores on state standardized tests disproportionately harms black and Latino students. Parents United for Responsible Education, or PURE, filed a complaint against the CPS policy Wednesday with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. PURE’s members said they filed a similar discrimination complaint against CPS in 1999 and resolved some of their concerns. But they decided to file the new complaint because CPS is still flunking “thousands of children every year” — despite research showing that holding students back doesn’t help them academically and leads many eventually to drop out of school.