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Chicago Doubles Education Spending, Tragedy Ensues.

Stephen Green-Commentary : Jun 13, 2024  PJ Media

An entire generation of Chicago students is failing—and being failed by their schools and let's be brutally honest, by their families.

[] There are few things I enjoy more about this job than writing a good "hilarity ensues" headline about the latest lefty absurdity but when it comes to today's Chicago Public Schools (CPS) absurdity, the only word that will do is "tragedy." (Image: Unsplash-Santi Vedri)

Illinois Policy just issued a report showing that while CPS has doubled spending per student since 2012, grades are down by 60-80%, depending on the subject. "Just 1-in-4 CPS students can read or perform math at grade level," the report says. "The percent of students enrolling in college after high school graduation is decreasing. And for those who do enroll, another study found many are struggling to finish college in four years—just 30% get their bachelor's in four years compared to 47% nationally."

By every other measure... there's no other way to put this... CPS is falling apart:

  • In 2023, 26% of students in grades 3 through 8 across all of CPS could read at grade level and about 18% could do math proficiently. For 11th grade CPS students, only 22% could read at grade level and 19% do math proficiently.
  • CPS' failure to engage students shows in the chronic absenteeism rate. Chronic absenteeism has skyrocketed. 
  • According to ISBE data, 86.3% of teachers in CPS were rated as proficient or excellent in 2023, down from 91.4% in 2019. Yet many students in CPS are struggling to reach proficiency in core subjects.

There's much more at the link, all of it tragic. An entire generation of Chicago students is failing—and being failed by their schools and let's be brutally honest, by their families... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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