An overhaul of the district’s career education programs seeks to make classes more challenging and put career-track students on the path to higher ed, but many schools have lost programs, and fewer students are participating overall.
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Thank you for the historical diversion, George. The fact remains that standardized testing has no comparison nor relevance to the unjust enslavement of human beings. You may not like it, but it...
The LSC's are a form of representative governing. I'd rather have parents selecting principals than CPS, especially with the current regime.
True, some poor principals have been selected by...
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Is "Principal Discretion" Legal?
What if the principal discretion provision isn't legal, no matter how closely it's followed? Why even allow discretion when all the other considerations are
already lotteried -- siblings, race, etc. -- and the waiting lists are
already there, too?
It's not just a theoretical question. These are public schools, and there's a clearly established procedure for getting into them that is supposed to be fair and equitable and, until recently, in compliance with integration goals. And yet, the current discretion policy doesn't even require principals to take kids off the lottery waiting lists or to limit discretionary picks to those that would further integration goals.
Hell, the current language isn't even clear about whether the five percent applies to offers of admission, available spots, or actual enrollment, which creates a very loose situation when it comes to counting discretionary admits.
The only real justification I can think of is the deeply seated notion that clout in Chicago -- like bribery in some other places -- simply can't be prevented.
It can only be limited.
But that doesn't make it legal, and I'm surprised that the legal eagles at CPS didn't consider this before expanding the program, that the USDOJ didn't try and force the city to end it, or that a disgruntled parent hasn't challenged a provision that effectively reduces the number of available lottery spots in highly-coveted schools.
Without a clear justification or obvious public good, giving principals five percent discretion is like
telling kids that they can cheat on tests five percent of the time, or
telling teachers that they can come to school drunk five percent of
the time. It's a mulligan, a "get out of jail" card.