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Is Chicago School Choice Creating Educational Inequities?

Does School Choice Mean Educational Inequity?

The quality of Chicago's high schools is improving. As more high schools open, the district continues to expand the number of quality school options and opportunities for students to choose their desired schools. 

Graduation rates in Chicago are increasing, according to WBEZ.org, and the city has five of the top ten high schools in the state. A new analysis, however, shows that students of different ability levels are being sorted into high schools at different quality levels, thus calling into question whether the city is facilitating an equitable process. 

"The idea behind school choice is to let families pick the type of school they want for their kids, something more affluent Americans can do by moving or paying for private school," the article said. "Choice is also seen as a way to improve all schools by injecting more market-based competition into the school system."

WBEZ said New York City and New Orleans schools see this same issue. 

"High-performing students tend to go to high-performing schools, and low-performing students tend to go to low-performing schools," said Andrew McEachin, a professor from North Carolina State University. "So even though it's a choice-based district, you see that there's kind of a tiered system, where people are choosing schools similar to their background and achievement levels."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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