On Dec. 16, 2008 President-elect Barack Obama nominated Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan as U.S. Secretary of Education. The night before, Catalyst Chicago posted the first in a series of analyses. Here are links to those stories.
Duncan's Track Record, Part One In his seven years as CEO of Chicago Public Schools, Arne Duncan has taken on a host of urban education policy challenges, to varying degrees of success, including high school reform, school choices accountability and transparency.
Chart: Achievement ups and downs
Duncan's Track Record, Part TwoThis installment of Catalyst's series on the record of Secretary of Education nominee Arne Duncan examines his efforts to raise the bar for principals, and what's still lacking for special education.
Duncan's track record, Part ThreeThis final installment of our series examines hits and misses in early childhood education, teacher quality and elementary education.
Decoding the District's Progress Report for 2008Chicago Public Schools put on its best face in 2008: Another Year of Strong Progress for Chicago’s Students– the district’s self-assessment of last year’s accomplishments and test score gains. But the rosy numbers mask a troubling reality, including decidedly mixed results on test scores at the showcase turnaround schools. On one measure – first-day attendance – the district is being disingenuous.
Catalyst In Depth: School Choice At the heart of Renaissance 2010, Mayor Daley's signature school reform initiative, is the belief that families and students should have a range of good educational options in their communities. But the neediest neighborhoods are still lagging behind, and a Catalyst analysis finds that a surprising number of black students are fleeing one low-performing school only to land at another one. The district’s free-for-all system for applying to schools makes it harder for families to make good choices.