CPS Targeting Eight More Schools for Transformation

June 29, 2011  |  

(Chicago News Cooperative) — The Chicago Public Schools will receive $50 million in federal money, enough to double the number of city schools undergoing changes as part of an ambitious turnaround program that often results in the ouster of principals and teachers and curriculum changes in the city’s poorest-performing high schools.  The Chicago News Cooperative has learned that eight high schools on the South and West Sides of the city will see changes in the coming years with the help of federal School Improvement Grants. Under the competitive grant program launched two years ago by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the failing schools—commonly called turnarounds—are essentially overhauled, with the staff and instructional changes aimed at raising student achievement.

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