Chicago Public Schools: 260,000 Reasons to Fund The Child
Did you know there are currently 260,000 Chicago Public School students who are eligible for a transfer to a different school? Did you also know that only 8200 of them have a chance at the 500 slots available at the top performing schools?
But the odds aren’t good for getting a slot. There are 8,200 eligible kids who can compete for 500 slots at 97 schools.
The slots are available through the No Child Left Behind choice program, which allows transfers from under-performing schools.
About 260,000 students in 274 Chicago schools are eligible for transfers under the law — their schools failed to meet testing benchmarks for two years. But Chicago only has 500 spots in higher-performing schools.
How can the city of Chicago justify failing to properly educate 260,000 students? It was just several weeks ago they were taughting the success of their schools.
This is the perfect example of why we need to fund the child and not the bureaucracy of the government school monopoly. Why should only 500 students be able to go to the best schools? Why not allow every parent to choose what school their child could attend? How can anyone justify continuing to relegate that many students to failing schools? Fund the child and not the bureaucracy.